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The State of Grace

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'Funny, moving and wise -- I loved this wonderful book.' -- Pauline McLynn. 'Beneath its frothy cappuccino exterior, there beats a heart of gold, and a story told with increasing joie-de-vivre.' -- Nuala O'Faolain. During the course of just a few weeks 46-year-old Grace is fired from her job as a TV producer in an advertising agency, loses her house, falls off the wagon and watches her mother die. She also learns how to smoke cigarettes, hotwire a car and that riding pillion on a motorbike at 150kph is a lot more exhilarating than HRT. She finds friendship with an Amazonian Russian, has sex for the first time in ten years with a younger man, gets to know her children as people, starts a new career and rediscovers her sense of humour. In short, she finds her state of grace.

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