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Something tragic happened in Galway. Something no one will talk about.

Cynical loner Ronan Twomey might seem like a normal university student, but he doesn’t allow anyone to get close enough to know what he’s buried deep inside. That is, until his life collides with those of Stephen McSwiggan and Ellen Graham…

Dopey, awkward Stephen McSwiggan welcomes the arrival of his new
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Paperback, 412 pages
Published June 24th 2017
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Amy
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Simply wonderful!! This book has a number of great things going for it. The characters are very well-written, to the point that they are not only relatable, but they pull you in so much that you become emotionally attached to each of their personal journeys. Plus, the author does a lovely job at connecting the pieces of each character's story together that it will give you a warm yet bittersweet feeling in your chest at the end.
I must mention, though, what I enjoyed most out of all of this nove
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Theresa
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story was a joy to read. Martin's descriptions are totally immersive, her dialogue realistic, and the portrayal of grief haunting. I especially appreciated the development of inter-generational relationships between characters, which I miss in a lot of books about young adults. Ronan made me cry a lot, though.
Patty
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well I can honestly say I was sad when I completed A Different Familiar. The author pulled me right into Galway and the events of the story. I didn't want my time with these characters to end. I am not the fastest reader but I read this book in 5 days. That alone is high praise.
Janelle
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rhian J. Martin takes me through all of the emotions and difficulties associated with the journey through young adulthood. As I read "A Different Familiar," I reflected on the awkward times I lived through in my late teens and early twenties! Much more is that as a middle aged adult, I connected with all of the characters in this novel. She brought back so many memories of mine – the kind of memories that are relevant to anyone who just wants to be accepted and happy. The story is full of hope, ...more
Ryan
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rhian Martin’s A Different Familiar is a captivating story, simultaneously heartwarming and heart breaking. Martin expertly weaves together a series of storylines and character arcs that highlight the power of compassion and friendship to make people the best versions of themselves. One of the many highlights of the book is the realism of the setting and the characters. The book is loaded with descriptions of Galway and Inishmore that transport the reader into the setting. The characters, both m ...more
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Rhian J. Martin studied English, History, and International Studies at The Pennsylvania State University, The National University of Ireland, Galway, and The College of William & Mary.
“Are guilt and regret not messages from inside of us, letting us know that our moral compasses have been recalibrated and are pointing in the right direction?” 9 likes
“People are like mussels. You can put them in a vat of boiling water, and some of them will pop open immediately. Some of them will have to float around in the water for a bit, then they’ll slowly release. Others never open up at all, no matter what sort of hot water they’re in.” 6 likes
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