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Douglas Kennedy

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Douglas Kennedy was born in Manhattan in 1955. He studied at Bowdoin College, Maine and Trinity College, Dublin, returning to Dublin in 1977 with just a trenchcoat, backpack and $300. He co-founded a theatre company and sold his first play, Shakespeare on Five Dollars a Day, to Radio 4 in 1980. In 1988 he moved to London and published a travel book, Beyond the Pyramids. His debut novel The Dead Heart was published in 1994.

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“The only time you truly become an adult is when you finally forgive your parents for being just as flawed as everyone else.”
Douglas Kennedy, The Pursuit of Happiness

“We can rarely tell others what we really think about them--not just because it would so wound them, but also because it would so wound ourselves.”
Douglas Kennedy, Leaving the World

“We can never change the story that made us what we are. It's a story accumulated by the manifold complexities-its capacity for astonishment and horror, for sanguinity and hopelessness, for pellucid light and the most profound darkness. We are what happened to us. And we carry everywhere all that has shaped us-all that we lacked, all that we wanted but never got; all that we got but never wanted; all that was found and lost.”
Douglas Kennedy, The Moment

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