Cecil & Noreen

Patrick Corcoran
Publication Date: 
Thursday, March 24, 2005
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"I recommend this book to anyone who would enjoy a realistic romantic novel with plenty of interesting, lively details and prose that flows gracefully, a novel that encapsulates the many aspects of this life, even the hard ones in which many of us have trouble finding the good" - Blush of Dawn blog

A poignant, subtle, and amusing love story in which an elderly couple - Cecil and Noreen - reminisce about their courtship and marriage. In a nursing home, Cecil recollects and relives the marriage through the aide-memoir of Noreen’s preserved letters, kept in a box at his bedside. Noreen visits the ailing Cecil twice daily, and provides a more reliable version of the events the letters describe. Both are committed Catholics. The novel opens with their first meeting at church, at which Noreen accidentally floors Cecil with a ceremonial banner. Beautifully-written and deeply compassionate, Cecil & Noreen is a novel which ennobles the ’ordinary’ lives of its characters. Sequel to the admired Last Light Breaking.

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