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Things We Nearly Knew

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  6 reviews
'An engrossing read' Sunday TimesThere’s a bar at the crossroads on the way out of town. Or the way in, depending on whether you’re coming or going. Marcie and her husband have run it for years. After thirty years of marriage, there aren’t many secrets left between them. Couples often say that, don’t they? But it’s not always true.Arlene appeared in the bar one day, hoping ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 24th 2019 by Picador
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Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I picked this up because I loved Jim Powell's "Trading Futures". TF had a certain kind of dark humour laced with meaningful insights which appealed to me. "Things We Nearly Knew" felt a bit lacking in both aspects. Without that, the story itself wasn't interesting enough to wow me. The tone felt entirely different compared to TF, almost as if written by another author. Not to say the writing was bad, there were still some sparks of brilliance, but not enough for me to love it. [Final Rating: 3.5 ...more
Jackie Law
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Things We Nearly Knew explores the lives of the regular clientele at a bar in a small town in America. The narrator and his wife own and run the establishment. Over time the regulars come and go, people move on, circumstances change. The story told here is set over a nine month period which saw the arrival and departure of one such drinker.

Arlene first showed up in February. She ordered a vodka Martini and asked after a local man named Jack. With no surname to offer it wasn’t much to go on. She
Chris Roberts
Jan 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This review came to me in a dream, just like the author of this book. He woke up, I didn't.

What I knew and or know:

And I will be the first to acknowledge that I am mad. And I am supreme madness. And every form and diagnosis and every schizophrenic disassociation of the cognitive mind and every outburst of flame in the words of a schizophrenic and every grandiose height of soprano song of this beautifully wracking affliction. And I am bi-polar and the impossible heightened sensation of being aliv
Beth Chats Books
I loved this story. The plot follows a couple who own a bar on the outskirts of a deadbeat town. The story follows their relationship to each other as well as their relationships with the locals who frequent the bar. However everything gets turned upside down in their little world when Arlene turns up asking after a Jack. Things further complicate when Franky returns to town. The last time he left the town was years ago over rather suspicious circumstances. This book dives deep into the inner ps ...more
Chris Waterford
Having read Jim Powell's first two 5 star books, I had high expectations for this one. Alas, although the quality of writing was there, the story meandered without focus for much of the book. Disappointing.
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a read!
This author must have been a bartender. How could he write this man so accurately unless he was one?

Potential spolier...

And how did he have me believing that the narrator is my best friend despite never knowing his name? It's wizardry!
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