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F Maurice Hannigan who over the course of a Saturday night in June orders five different drinks at the Rainford House Hotel With each he toasts a person vital to him his doomed older brother his troubled sister in law his daughter of fifteen minutes his son far off in A subtly beautiful story that celebrates life loss and most significantly love “I’m here to remember all that I have been and all that I will never be again” One night in Meath Ireland at a hotel 84 year old Maurice Hannigan makes five toasts to five people In doing so he recounts those who have shaped his life in the most important ways His tribute to these five individuals reveals his accomplishments regrets and unwavering love for his friends family and his wife Sadie This is a lovely touching read that is beautifully written Maurice’s story is both understated and raw I loved getting to know him and reading his truthful account of his life He doesn’t sugarcoat or make excuses He basks in the glory of his small victories In Meath he is known for his rich speaking voice and as a reader his voice drew me in with his ability to take a simple story and elevate it into something special In Maurice Griffin has created a character who is authentic complex and charming I felt his emotions and heartbreak My favorite toast was to his wife Sadie I was a bit shattered in the end but at the same time I understood that this was the right way to end Maurice’s story Highly recommended Warning have tissues handy I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and St Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review Funny Feckin' Irish Jokes!: Humorous Jokes about Everything Irish.Sure Tis Great Craic! the course of a Saturday night in June orders five different drinks at Settlers the Rainford House Hotel With each he Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, toasts a person vital The Sphinx to him his doomed older brother his Tidelands (Fairmile troubled sister in law his daughter of fifteen minutes his son far off in A subtly beautiful story Pretty Lucy Merwyn that celebrates life loss and most significantly love “I’m here Strings to remember all Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, that I have been and all Catch and Release that I will never be again” One night in Meath Ireland at a hotel 84 year old Maurice Hannigan makes five Devils Paw (Imp, toasts Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, to five people In doing so he recounts All Tied Up those who have shaped his life in The Film Snob*s Dictionary the most important ways His In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie tribute Tea Environments and Plantation Culture to 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains these five individuals reveals his accomplishments regrets and unwavering love for his friends family and his wife Sadie This is a lovely Survive by the Team touching read Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, that is beautifully written Maurice’s story is both understated and raw I loved getting Washington! (Wagons West, to know him and reading his Tennessee! (Wagons West, truthful account of his life He doesn’t sugarcoat or make excuses He basks in Celebration! (Wagons West, the glory of his small victories In Meath he is known for his rich speaking voice and as a reader his voice drew me in with his ability Texas! (Wagons West, to I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery take a simple story and elevate it into something special In Maurice Griffin has created a character who is authentic complex and charming I felt his emotions and heartbreak My favorite Revenge ni Miss Piggy toast was Breakfast Book to his wife Sadie I was a bit shattered in The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade the end but at Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, the same A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery time I understood Card Concepts that Schadenfreude this was Emotional Victory the right way Still Life with Woodpecker to end Maurice’s story Highly recommended Warning have Bo Knows Bo tissues handy I received an ARC of Gender and Food this book from NetGalley and St Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review

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America and his late lamented wife And through these people the ones who left him behind he tells the story of his own life with all its regrets and feuds loves and triumphsBeautifully written powerfully felt When All Is Said promises to be the next great Irish novel 45 rounded to 5 starsGosh I must have been under a rock for years ignorant of the high uality Irish fiction that I am gradually discovering Maeve Binchy Patricia Gibney Tana French John Boyne and now newcomer Anne Griffin are some of the wonderful Irish authors I have been delighted to come across since joining Goodreads five years ago This book is shockingly a debut as a honey of a gem it is It features Maurice an 84 year old Irish farmer who has lost nearly everything and everyone he has dearly loved and feels he is at the end of his life We join him over a few hours spent at the bar in an Irish hotel as he drinks a toast to the five most important people in his life If you are looking for action suspense or adventure move on to something else This is a slow contemplative journey one where the storyteller takes the time to stop and smell the roses or less delightful odors along the way Maurice is not a perfect man He knows that better than anyone else and he accepts it as that is who he is He admits his shortcomings and hopes he can be forgiven but understands that will not always be the case As he takes one last stroll through the highlights and lowlights of his life he is addressing his son Kevin who is actually far far away in America He reminisces about his joys sorrows successes regrets and moments of pride Even on this night he finds a type of closure with a few final issues I felt I really got to know Maurice Accompanying him on his final exploration of life was heartrending and an experience I won’t soon forget Such a uiet novel yet so profound I look forward to whatever Ms Griffin writes next When All Is Said is highly recommended for everyone looking for a moving meaningful read Thank you to Net Galley St Martin’s PressThomas Dunne Books and Ms Anne Griffin for an advanced review copy Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, through Catch and Release these people Devils Paw (Imp, the ones who left him behind he Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, tells All Tied Up the story of his own life with all its regrets and feuds loves and The Film Snob*s Dictionary triumphsBeautifully written powerfully felt When All Is Said promises In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie to be Tea Environments and Plantation Culture the next great Irish novel 45 rounded 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains to 5 starsGosh I must have been under a rock for years ignorant of Survive by the Team the high uality Irish fiction Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, that I am gradually discovering Maeve Binchy Patricia Gibney Tana French John Boyne and now newcomer Anne Griffin are some of Washington! 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A tale of a single night The story of a lifetimeIf you had to pick five people to sum up your life who would they be? If you were to raise a glass to each of them what would you say? And what would you learn about yourself when all is said and done?This is the story o There are 5 star books and then there are five star books with a story that make me wish I could give stars This is one of them There are debut novels and then there are debut novels which after I’ve finished reading have me thinking wow what a debut and hoping that the author is working on her next book This is one of them I don’t drink much beer let alone one “not from the fridge” and certainly not stout I don’t like whiskey at all but I wanted to be sitting at this bar in Ireland drinking every one of the five toasts to people in his life in his heart along with Maurice Hannigan Maurice Hannigan had me from the first page It felt like a memoir touching on events and people in his life his life exposed as he tells these stories The heartache and grief and happiness that life brought to him and the excruciating loneliness as we meet him at age 84 I felt his grief understood his regrets and felt the love he had for these people in his life his beloved brother Tony his first child Molly his sister in law Maureen his son Kevin and the love of his life Sadie I won’t tell you here about them because it’s Maurice’s story to tell and it’s best to hear it from him I recommend that you do This is a beautifully told story of grief guilt regret family and the depths of loneliness tempered only by the love he feels for these people A truly amazing debut a story rendered in a uniue and near perfect way Here’s to you Maurice a character deserving of being rememberedThis was a monthly read with Diane and Esil my favorite book buddies I was glad to have shared this one with them Here’s to you my friendsI received an advanced copy of this book from Thomas DunneSt Martin’s Press through NetGalley Still Life with Woodpecker tale of a single night The story of a lifetimeIf you had Bo Knows Bo to pick five people Gender and Food to sum up your life who would Radio Silence they be? 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10 thoughts on “When All is Said

  1. says:

    I'm here to remember all that I have been and all that I will never be again When All Is Said tells the life story of Maurice Hannigan Now an elderly man he sits alone in the bar of the Rainford House Hotel Over the course of one evening he raises toasts to five different people as he recounts the story of his life up until that moment Like all lives Maurice's has moments of pure happiness moments of darkness and misery mistakes made and things left unsaid I think perhaps the uiet strength of this book and the saddest thing about it comes from knowing deep down that there's really only one way it can endPast tense decade spanning family stories are totally my thing This one was no exception I got a very strong John Boyne The Heart's Invisible Furies vibe reading this and it came as no surprise when Griffin thanked him in the acknowledgements at the end There's also a touch of A Man Called Ove in here tooGriffin takes us from the old fashioned Ireland of the past to the present We revisit Maurice's childhood and see how he struggled at school because of his dyslexia and of course had no one to give him guidance on it In those times his only option was to turn to work on the farm which resulted in him working under an abusive employer Later we see him fall in love and marry and have kids but all this is told through the five toasts; all relating back to the one person at the centre of that chapter Tony never stopped telling me I was full of greatness People didn’t really do that back then encourage and support You were threatened into being who you were supposed to be It's a very effective kind of storytelling The old man's view combined with the past tense makes for a very nostalgic tale tinged with bittersweetness from start to finish Many sad things happen but for me it was saved from being too maudlin by Maurice's fire love and grumpy sense of humour It is amusing to hear this old fashioned guy recount a visit to a fertility doctor and bemoan the discussions of 'Rhythm' fecking this and 'cycle' fecking thatAnother strength of the story I feel comes from the exploration of how the same thing can look uite different in hindsight not just for Maurice but for humanity as a whole In Maurice's case minor acts of revenge turned out bigger than he'd ever anticipated and he also saw his wife's actions in a new light as he aged For humanity someone who was written off as stupid is now recognized as having a learning disorder that can be helped; mental illness too is now better understood There was a love but of the Irish kind reserved and embarrassed by its own humanity A beautiful sad funny book made all the interesting because many of the characters especially Maurice are difficult or selfish or grumpy but we still come to love them It broke my heart Warnings for grief abuse and view spoilersuicide hide spoiler


  2. says:

    There are 5 star books and then there are five star books with a story that make me wish I could give stars This is one of them There are debut novels and then there are debut novels which after I’ve finished reading have me thinking wow what a debut and hoping that the author is working on her next book This is one of them I don’t drink much beer let alone one “not from the fridge” and certainly not stout I don’t like whiskey at all but I wanted to be sitting at this bar in Ireland drinking every one of the five toasts to people in his life in his heart along with Maurice Hannigan Maurice Hannigan had me from the first page It felt like a memoir touching on events and people in his life his life exposed as he tells these stories The heartache and grief and happiness that life brought to him and the excruciating loneliness as we meet him at age 84 I felt his grief understood his regrets and felt the love he had for these people in his life his beloved brother Tony his first child Molly his sister in law Maureen his son Kevin and the love of his life Sadie I won’t tell you here about them because it’s Maurice’s story to tell and it’s best to hear it from him I recommend that you do This is a beautifully told story of grief guilt regret family and the depths of loneliness tempered only by the love he feels for these people A truly amazing debut a story rendered in a uniue and near perfect way Here’s to you Maurice a character deserving of being rememberedThis was a monthly read with Diane and Esil my favorite book buddies I was glad to have shared this one with them Here’s to you my friendsI received an advanced copy of this book from Thomas DunneSt Martin’s Press through NetGalley


  3. says:

    This is an exceptional undeniably Irish debut from Anne Griffin the prose is effortlessly engaging and it is simultaneously heartbreaking and life affirming as we get intimately acuainted with the life and times of 84 year old Maurice Hannigan Hannigan has packed up his life leaving no loose threads prior to booking the most exclusive suite at the Rainsford House Hotel Early on we cotton on to how the night will end but before that Maurice settles in for an evening at the hotel bar to raise a toast for the five most important loves of his life They are Tony his brother Molly his daughter Noreen or Auntie No no his son Kevin who emigrated to New Jersey USA becoming a notable journalist and lastly but of the most vital importance his wife SadieAs Maurice reminisces we become aware of just how close his bond with Tony is of how school became a tortuous experience as he became convinced of just how stupid he is He leaves at 10 years old to work like his mother for the local rich family the Dollards where he undergoes a plethora of the most unhappiest of experiences that are to leave him scarred for life and shape him to be the most unforgiving of men The scales shift as through the years the Dollard fortunes drop substantially whilst Maurice becomes a astute entrepreneurial farmer buying up the land around his farm becoming financially secure and wealthy He falls for Sadie hook line and sinker and to his surprise and joy she returns his love Sadie's sister Noreen is fiercely drawn to the sparkle and she will go to any lengths to acuire it when she sees it not afraid of making a fuss in public Kevin makes a ritual of providing his father with rare whiskies To Maurice's eternal regret he has not been an expressive man he has never been able to articulate the depth of his love to those nearest and dearest It becomes transparently clear that loneliness has seeped into Maurice's heart and soulAnne Griffin has written a touchingly profound and moving novel of the oh so very human Maurice his joys and tragedies the ghosts who have been there in his life and his concerns that the one ghost he really wants to see has proved to be elusive Maurice is a character you cannot help but get emotionally invested in despite his obsession for business and making money which of course left him open to missing the opportunities to be with his loved ones when they may have needed him This novel hones in what is important in life family friends and love Maurice is not infallible he had a drive for vengeance not always aware of the conseuences of his actions but I loved and adored him This is a brilliantly enthralling story of Maurice of his dyslexia his family heartbreak and the Ireland he lives through Hugely recommended Many thanks to Hodder and Stoughton for an ARC


  4. says:

    A subtly beautiful story that celebrates life loss and most significantly love “I’m here to remember all that I have been and all that I will never be again” One night in Meath Ireland at a hotel 84 year old Maurice Hannigan makes five toasts to five people In doing so he recounts those who have shaped his life in the most important ways His tribute to these five individuals reveals his accomplishments regrets and unwavering love for his friends family and his wife Sadie This is a lovely touching read that is beautifully written Maurice’s story is both understated and raw I loved getting to know him and reading his truthful account of his life He doesn’t sugarcoat or make excuses He basks in the glory of his small victories In Meath he is known for his rich speaking voice and as a reader his voice drew me in with his ability to take a simple story and elevate it into something special In Maurice Griffin has created a character who is authentic complex and charming I felt his emotions and heartbreak My favorite toast was to his wife Sadie I was a bit shattered in the end but at the same time I understood that this was the right way to end Maurice’s story Highly recommended Warning have tissues handy I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and St Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review


  5. says:

    This is a perfect example of a book I didn't want to end I just fell in love with the main character to the point that by the end of the story I felt like he was an old friend Maybe this book isn't going to be special for everyone but I found it to be incredibly touching and brilliant 84 year old Maurice Hannigan takes a seat at a hotel bar in a small Irish town Before the night is over he will toast 5 people who made an impact in his life The thing I kept thinking about while reading is how there are certain moments in life that might be insignificant to others but they end up shaping you as a person They might be things you want to forget but you can't deny they helped define you And that's why I was so moved by Maurice as he revisited these moments The premise of the book sounds so simple but yet there is so much substance He's a complicated man and I was incredibly moved as I learned everything about him the good the bad and all the stuff in between I'm not even joking when I say it felt like I was sitting right there with him at the bar and when the night was over I didn't want him to leave I love when I feel emotionally connected to a character because it's a feeling that doesn't always happen at least not on this level I rarely pay much attention when other authors endorse a book but I do find it worth noting John Boyne had some good things to say about the author and her novel If you enjoyed The Heart's Invisible Furies consider checking this book out I won a free advance copy of this book in a giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review All views expressed are my honest opinion


  6. says:

    An unforgettable first novel A uissessentially Irish novel filled with melancholy and angst with some great storytelling Maurice is 84 his beloved wife Sadie gone now for two years His only child a son lives in America with his family He now sits at a bar in a restaurant intending to toast the five individuals who had the greatest impact on his life He has reserved the VIP suite for the night The bar where he sits the hotel he is in had once been the house of the wealthiest family in the village This house figured largely in his youth and the memories are not good ones He is lonelysorely misses his wife feels as if he belongs nowhere to none Now though Maurice has a planAs he drinks each drink we learn the story of his life The importance of a gold coin which is also the continuous item that travels through his stories Maurice is very likable a flawed character and so very human It is a novel with a few gothic undertones one filled with guilt and envy Love that couldn't be expressed A sensitive exploration of guilt and regret A uiet novel a heartfelt story that feels very real A story of a father and son that had trouble connecting The last chapter is an emotional slayer but the memorable last line brought the curtain down One of the best last lines i have ever read Fans of the late great William Trevor will appreciate this novelReading with Angela and Esil as always pricelessARC from Netgalley


  7. says:

    Delighted to see this novel nominated in the 11th Annual Goodreads’s choice awards as When All Is Said is a terrific debut novel that really deserves all the attention it’s getting I am lucky to be attending A reading by Anne Griffin today and am looking forward to meeting this wonderful author This is my second reading of this novel in a few months as it was chosen as our April sit in book club read and what a lovely re read this book was I started out listening to this one on Audio but the narrator doesn’t do this one justice and was so glad to have my paperback copy to hand as this is one that NEEDS to be read as you need to get a voice and vision of the 84 year old Maurice in your head Beg borrow or Steal a copy of this wonderful novel as its such a compelling read I absolutely hated having to step down from that Bar Stool by the end of this Novel but I dont want to over stay my welcome as there are many customers awaiting that stool so they can take a turn getting to know Maurice and his life story A thought provoking and captivating novel that will uite likely break your heart I adored it This is a debut novel by Anne Griffen and I can see why this lady has won the John McGahern award and short listed for the Hennessy award as her imagination and confidence as a writer really comes to light in this wonderful novel This lady is not just a great writer but also a great storyteller A terrific sense of time and place spanning from Ireland of the 1930s to the present day At the heart of this story is a strong man who struggles with expressing emotion a man who fiercely protects his memory and his past and whose secrets come back to haunt him Moving and beautifully written Anne Griffin captures the Irishiness of the Irish without being over dramatic or twee and writes a pure and simple back to basics story which in my opinion is on a par with John Boyne and Maeve Binchy and Sebastian Barry I was drawn to this book solely by its cover as I browsed in a local bookshop The image on the cover has a wooden bar stool and the words Five Toasts Five People One lifetime I didn't even need to read the back cover as straight away Ann Griffin had caught my attention The best characters and the best stories can be found by sitting up on a high stool beside an elderly man in a bar in any small town in Ireland 84 year old Maurice Hannigan sits alone at the bar in the only hotel in a small Irish town Pull up a stool and charge your glass because Maurice is finally ready to tell his life story to you five toasts to the five people who have meant the most to him A story full of emotion it made me laugh and cry and I can't wait to see what Anne Griffin writes next Maurice was a very typical Irish man of his time with his his thoughts and opinions set in his ways a man with a large chip on his shoulder and a man who wont be bowing to anyone I found so much of my own father in this man not in the story but in his sayings his love of the land and his family his companionship with his dog you often wondered if that dog could talk what he could reveal of this uiet and lonely man the pride of family and hard work ethic and the want to succeed and be succeeded I have fallen in love with a couple of characters in the past year Gus Lonesome Dove and Eleanor OliphantEleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and now I can uite happily add Maurice band of characters Stories like this need to be read and savoured as there is an honestly about this story of Maurice that we seldom find in fiction I think many readers will get this oneThis book would make a terrific book club read as lots to discuss here and I would love to see this story turned into a stage play as it is just made for an audience to enjoy


  8. says:

    45 rounded to 5 starsGosh I must have been under a rock for years ignorant of the high uality Irish fiction that I am gradually discovering Maeve Binchy Patricia Gibney Tana French John Boyne and now newcomer Anne Griffin are some of the wonderful Irish authors I have been delighted to come across since joining Goodreads five years ago This book is shockingly a debut as a honey of a gem it is It features Maurice an 84 year old Irish farmer who has lost nearly everything and everyone he has dearly loved and feels he is at the end of his life We join him over a few hours spent at the bar in an Irish hotel as he drinks a toast to the five most important people in his life If you are looking for action suspense or adventure move on to something else This is a slow contemplative journey one where the storyteller takes the time to stop and smell the roses or less delightful odors along the way Maurice is not a perfect man He knows that better than anyone else and he accepts it as that is who he is He admits his shortcomings and hopes he can be forgiven but understands that will not always be the case As he takes one last stroll through the highlights and lowlights of his life he is addressing his son Kevin who is actually far far away in America He reminisces about his joys sorrows successes regrets and moments of pride Even on this night he finds a type of closure with a few final issues I felt I really got to know Maurice Accompanying him on his final exploration of life was heartrending and an experience I won’t soon forget Such a uiet novel yet so profound I look forward to whatever Ms Griffin writes next When All Is Said is highly recommended for everyone looking for a moving meaningful read Thank you to Net Galley St Martin’s PressThomas Dunne Books and Ms Anne Griffin for an advanced review copy Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way


  9. says:

    ‘there was a love but of the irish kind reserved and embarrassed by its own humanity’ this tenderly told and humbly crafted story has me falling in love with the irish culture and people all over again this is a story of love and loss of beginnings and endings of happiness and grief of remembering and forgetting it is a story of life and how beautifully painful it can be my heart is so full↠ 45 stars


  10. says:

    I am becoming a huge fan of Irish stories and authorsI loved 84 year old Maurice who has lost his beloved wife 2 yrs ago and isn’t doing well without herHe plans a memorable night at a hotel bar that holds a personal historyand through the course of the night makes narrative toasts with a fine whiskey to five people this followed by a stay in the honeymoon suite at the same hotelAt each toast during this night we find out the history of Maurice and the significance of each of these five people in his lifeI so enjoyed his story RecommendedThank you to Netgalley and St Martin’s Press for the ARC