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The Outline of Love

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The Outline of Love, Morgan McCarthy, book reviewGreek myth tells us of the young maiden Persephone, the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, who was abducted by Hades while out playing in the fields with her companions one day. Hades takes the girl to his underworld realm and makes her his bride, while above ground her mother Demeter, goddess of the harvest, searches in anguish for her lost daughter, pleading for Persephone to be returned to her. When she learns that Zeus has conspired in Persephone’s fate, she refuses to let anything flower or fruit until her daughter is freed from Hades. Persephone is eventually returned so that her mother may restore balance to the world, but as she was tricked by her husband into eating his realm’s food, she is condemned to spend each winter as queen of the underworld, with her return to Earth each spring signalling the time that Demeter will bring life and colour back to the world. In Morgan McCarthy’s new book, The Outline of Love, we are given, if not a reworking, then certainly a parallel story that is broken up into ten parts, each preceded by a piece of the myth that creates a spine of structure throughout the text.


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The Other Half of Me

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The Other Half of Me, Morgan McCarthy, book reviewThe Other Half of Me is Morgan McCarthy’s first novel and it’s an intriguing tale about an unusual and dysfunctional family. Jonathan and his sister Theo have grown up in Wales in a large old house called Evendon, brought up by a series of housekeepers while their mother lives in her own little world. They are pretty much left to roam free but do not necessarily enjoy having so much freedom. When their grandmother, Eve, returns, she brings an order to their lives but also an air of mystery. There seem to be some dark secrets lurking from the past that neither Theo nor Jonathan can make sense of.

The Other Half of Me follows Theo and Jonathan through from their younger days to early adulthood with the story moving between the past and the present.


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