This Is How

This Is How

Paperback - 2009
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M. J. Hyland is the award winning and Man Booker shortlisted author of Carry Me Down . Her third novel, This Is How , is a psychologically probing and deeply moving account of a man at odds with the world. Patrick Oxtoby is a perpetual outsider longing to find his niche. When his fianc#65533; breaks off their engagement, Patrick leaves home and moves to a remote seaside village. In spite of his hopes for a new and better life, Patrick struggles to fit in or make the right impression. He can't shake the feeling that his new friends are con#65533;spiring against him, further fracturing his already fragile personality and prompting him to take a course of action that permanently alters the course of his life.
This Is How is a mesmerizing and meticulously drawn portrait of a man whose unease in the world as it is leads to his tragic undoing. With breathtaking wisdom and astute insight into the human mind, Hyland's latest is a masterpiece that arouses horror and sympathy in equal measure.
Published: New York : Black Cat ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2009.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780802170620
0802170625
Branch Call Number: F HYL
Characteristics: 377 p. ;,21 cm.

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J_Pixley
Apr 03, 2014

I liked this book and found I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen to the main character. I gained insight into life in the prison system.

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uncommonreader
Jul 28, 2012

Not recommended.

massabielle Jan 07, 2012

This book was an interesting read. I kept wondering about Patrick (main character) and what he was hiding because he moved in a way that suggested he was running from something. He is not a malicious person but certainly has "anger" and "expression" issues. Because of his emotional issues, things come to a head for him. I found myself identifying with the humanity and issues of anger.

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