Literary Fiction

Mr. Flood’s Last Resort by Jess Kidd

The old man is a curmudgeon – he is estranged from his son, the death of his wife has isolated him in his own house, and he hasn’t thrown out a single thing since last century – and against his will, both he and his house are being rehabilitated preparatory to his moving to an old folks home. Into his life comes a house cleaner, who thinks she can ease the transition, and dispose of much of the old man’s trash. It’s set in Ireland, though, so the ghosts of saints and sinners move throughout the house, influencing and offering commentary on all their thoughts. It tended to be precious at times, but that’s the problem with novels written with irony and humor: it’s a heavy load to maintain throughout an entire book.


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