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The Winter Gathering

A warm, life-affirming story of enduring friendship
  • Author
    • Deirdre Purcell
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It's ten years on from the first winter gathering, when four of Maggie Quinn's closest friends rushed in to spend Christmas with her after her husband walked out just days before. And at Christmas, it doesn't take long for an event to become a tradition.
But this Christmas Day, for the first time, there's an addition to the party, in the form of a young, very handsome man. Only one of the women knows what he's doing there, and she's remaining tight-lipped.
So begins a new chapter in the lives of the five friends. As the winter moves towards spring, each faces personal hurdles, from family difficulties to illness to the unexpected reappearance of Maggie's ex. Throughout, each proves that friends truly are the family you choose -- and that, ultimately, the magic of Christmas can arrive at any time of year.
  • Published: Oct 16 2014
  • 196 x 128mm
  • ISBN: 9780755332304
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Press Reviews

  • Sunday Independent
    A jewel of a story
  • Irish Times
    An Irish storyteller in full stride... exemplary skill
  • Sunday Tribune
    A writer fully in charge of her craft... impeccable
  • Helen Dunmore, <i> The Times </i>

    An audacious novel... An absorbing, needling read
  • Irish Independent
    Spellbindng... fascinating and provocative...[Deirdre Purcell has] a new masterpiece on her hands
  • Irish Mail on Sunday
    Written in her customary incisive prose...Purcell's book balances the warmth of friendships against darker issues of illness and everyday family crises
  • Sunday Business Post