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The Break by Marian Keyes

Real Life Is Messy

The Break by Marian Keyes is a contemporary story about love, life and families. Marian Keyes shows that life is not easy. At times it is complicated and messy, and not always black and white.

The novel is written in the first person from the point of view of forty something Amy. The reader ‘experiences’ life through her eyes. We ‘feel’ life crushing her down – the weight of children, parents, work and life in general.

The love of a mother radiates throughout the novel. We become acquainted with Amy’s heart and recognise the great love and fierce protection she has for her children.

Grief can have far reaching effects. The reader views this from afar, and although detached ourselves, we ‘feel’ saddened at how life is progressing for some of the characters.

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