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Read this wonderful book aloud with my young granddaughter nine years old over the course of a few days. This book had shared meaning for us and we laughed throughout, and also had a few tears. We even tried to replicate the "Irish accent" the characters would have displayed. The tone of the book is perfect -- a balance between the humors and sorrows that are a part of life.

She took the book from me and read the last five pages silently to herself as she seemed to know what the end would be and wanted to process that part to herself. When we finished she asked me if she could keep the book. Of course I said yes, but then I had to order another copy for myself and the granddaughters who aren't quite old enough to read it yet. I like this cover better than the subsequent one. Ireland is green and should be depicted that way! One person found this helpful. Format: Paperback Verified Purchase.

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Really held my granddaughter interest. The book is suitable for young and older readers. It makes you love ghosts. I highly recommend it Very well writen,. Enjoyed it typical roddy doyle. This was very charming. An enjoyable, quick read. I especially liked the relationships between the women. Format: Kindle Edition. Received from Netgalley for review, thank you. I own a book or two by Roddy Doyle, but this is the first I've read by him.

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I can't say I liked all of them all of the time; I never warmed to Maggie at all, I'm sorry to say. Emer's toughness was not lovable to me, and neither were Scarlett's!!! I loved Tansey, though, and that made up for it all. Taken all in all, I was moved by this story; I recommend it for anyone facing impending loss, or recent loss. Or for anyone with strong women in their life.

It's a lovely, silly, stirring thing, and I'm glad I broke the ice with it. Format: Hardcover.

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I can't wait for September! And how am I progressing on my goal of reading all those Irish middle grade and young adult books anywa? Oh dear. I fell off the wagon. I've been so busy planning my actual trip and trying out Irish pub recipes that I've failed to read kid lit by Irish authors. Look at this: today's review qualifies! Roddy Doyle's A Greyhound of a Girl is a lovely, haunting little book - a ghost story with heart. Set in Ireland. By an Irish author. I'm saved! Mary is a precocious girl whose best friend just moved away such cruelty! Enter a ghost and the memories and perspectives of four generations of women in her family.

The resulting interactions transform each woman, and show them the things that connect them all. Doyle's strength is his dialogue - it is funny, moving, and only contains the absolute necessary - there are no info-dumps or long, over-wrought passages full of description.

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Book Summary Four generations of women travel on a midnight car journey. One Mary O'Hara was walking up her street, to the house she lived in with her parents and her brothers. Read Full Excerpt. Please be aware that this discussion guide may contain spoilers! What is the significance of greyhounds in the story? If you could go back in time and ask one person one question, who would it be and what would you ask? What is the role of the flu in the story?

How does it help frame the differences in the four generations of women? Ghosts are represented differently by different authors. If you were writing a ghost story, what would your ghost s look like? What would be the details of their haunting? Would they feel the cold, for instance? Be otherworldly-looking or ordinary?

What is something all four women in A Greyhound of a Girl have in common? How does this shape the story? The characters in the book, particularly Mary, are often described as "cheeky. Read More. BookBrowse Review. Write your own review.

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Beyond the Book Roddy Doyle Born in in Dublin, Roddy Doyle is a prolific Irish writer who has found over two decades-worth of material in the humorous, tender, and fraught life of the family. What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? Non-members are limited to two results.

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