Review: The Good People

The Good People
The Good People by Hannah Kent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I started this book with a poor attitude and ended it with tears in my eyes and a huge admiration for the author. The good people of the title are the fairies and this story really centres upon the relationship of the inhabitants of a small Irish hamlet with a local woman who appears to have the gift of being able to communicate and know the good people and their ways. It is a sad, complex and layered story. Very grim and atmospheric and so sad. Nora has lost her husband as he laboured in the fields, she has lost her daughter to illness and inherited her grandson as a result, a grandson who is afflicted with terrible disabilities. She is convinced that this child is not her real grandson, that he is a child of the good people and that with the right magic, that the real child can be returned to her. It is awful, and fascinating. A beautiful grim book. If you like historical fiction then this book will really appeal.

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