From the Publisher's Website:
M. J. Hyland is the multi-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 perpetual outsider longing to find his niche. When Patrick Oxtoby’s fiancée breaks off their engagement, he 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 and make the right impression. Certain that his new friends are conspiring against him, and with his already fragile personality further fractured, he takes a course of action that permanently alters his life.
This Is How is a mesmerizing and meticulously drawn portrait of a man whose unease in the world 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.
Why I Chose This Book:
I only recently reviewed this one, yet it has wiggled its way on to my "favourites" shelf. I look forward to reading some books more than others. This book, before I picked it up, was kind of a "middle" book for me. It sounded interesting, yet I wasn't anticipating that it would be one of those books that stayed with me long after the last page was read. What I loved about this book is that I was completely wrong. It was fascinating yet unexpected at the same time. I found that once I got into the story, it was impossible to put down (I read it in our truck on our way to my nephew's birthday party. My husband said that I was being anti-social. I just said that I was glad that I wasn't the one driving :)).
I'm not sure if this book will get a ton of publicity, but I feel that this is an unmissable book for fiction lovers. It was so well written, and it will stick with you long after you're done reading it. I think that it will especially appeal to people who loved "The Hour I First Believed" by Wally Lamb.