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The Rachel Incident

Caroline O'Donoghue

Regular price $24.95

A brilliantly funny novel about friends, lovers, Ireland in chaos, and a young woman desperately trying to manage all three “O'Donoghue deepens the familiar coming-of-age premise with riveting moral complications." —People

Rachel is a student working at a bookstore when she meets James, and it’s love at first sight. Effervescent and insistently heterosexual, James soon invites Rachel to be his roommate and the two begin a friendship that changes the course of both their lives forever.  Together, they run riot through the streets of Cork city, trying to maintain a bohemian existence while the threat of the financial crash looms before them.

When Rachel falls in love with her married professor, Dr. Fred Byrne, James helps her devise a reading at their local bookstore, with the goal that she might seduce him afterwards. But Fred has other desires. So begins a series of secrets and compromises that intertwine the fates of James, Rachel, Fred, and Fred’s glamorous, well-connected, bourgeois wife. Aching with unrequited love, shot through with delicious, sparkling humor, The Rachel Incident is a triumph.

Paperback | 304 pages | 5.15" x 7.96"