Bernard MacLaverty, Grace Notes

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If the emphasis on political victimhood, religious sacrifice and self-inflicted suffering in Cal can be traced to the intensely violent time in which it was written, it may be equally appropriate to read Grace Notes, at least in part, as a product of its time, prefiguring and reflecting as it does important changes in cultural and political discourses in Northern Ireland during the period of the peace process which began in 1993. The novel depicts a young Northern Irish woman, Catherine McKenna, now living in Scotland, who is seeking to recompose herself through music in the traumatic aftermath of her daughter’s birth and her father’s death. She is a woman in a state of physical and psychic flux, a “prodigal daughter” undergoing a complex process of self-revisioning which compels…

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Citation: Harte, Liam. "Grace Notes". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 March 2001 [, accessed 09 December 2023.]

4901 Grace Notes 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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