A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle

Roddy Doyle’s A Greyhound of a Girl deals with some difficult subjects: fears of death, love, and losing loved ones.Set over three periods of time, it follows the lives of three generations who inhabit an old Farmhouse near Dublin, Ireland. The main character, Mary, is a witty young girl and her story is one of heartache and love after she learns that her Grandmother is dying. Over the course of the book, the generations of Mary’s family come together to attempt to come to terms with this loss.

A large part of the storyline is based around a ghost called Tansy, and this is quite strange. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, however, it is cleverly intertwined with the rest of the book which makes it as interesting as it is odd, and contributes to the feeling of sadness and loss which permeates the narrative.

The book itself is quite small and a quick read. Doyle’s writing style is simple and to the point, making for enjoyable and easy reading. It doesn’t lend itself easily to any particular age group or genre, but is touching and, at times, funny with charming characters.

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