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A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle
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Jun 03, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: humour, vamps-faeries-weres-and-supes, family-fiction

This is an Irish ghost story, and also a story about mothers and daughters and nostalgia. Doyle is a very good writer when he's focused on the view of life from the eyes of the young.

Mary O'Hara lives in Dublin with her brothers (who make noise and laugh at nothing in particular), her Dad and her Mum. Mother and daughter visit Granny at the hospital almost every day. Then one day, on the way home from school, Mary meets a ghost. Her great grandmother's ghost, who wants to check in on her dying daughter.

I love the dialogue, the Irish sayings and the sweet lyricism of the story. Just a nice read for an afternoon.

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