Grace after Henry by Eithne Shortall
Grace After Henry is the second novel from Sunday Times journalist and author Eithne Shortall, whose first novel ‘Love in Row 27’ was a bestseller when it was published last summer. We’re delighted to welcome Eithne to the Eason blog to tell us a bit about the eagerly awaited follow up to her debut.
Grace After Henry by Eithne Shortall
Grace After Henry is my second novel. Although writing my debut, Love In Row 27, felt like hard graft, writing this one felt a little like magic.
It started with a basic premise that has endured – a woman suffers the death of her partner just as they’ve bought their first house – but everything else changed massively from what I initially told my editor I was going to write. (God bless her patience and understanding!) Now that people are reading the novel and asking where certain ideas came from, I find myself with no answers to give them.
Take Andy, the mysterious stranger with Henry’s face who turns up to fix Grace’s boiler one evening; I cannot for the life of me tell you where he came from. He just walked into my head one evening, fully formed.
The story guided me and I put my faith in it. Bizarrely, the universe seemed to be on board. I added a twist that I worried might be too implausible, and two days later I got a phone call from a friend saying this very thing had happened to her. I sat on a beach in Mayo and asked the Atlantic if the book I had finished that very morning was any good and, I swear to god, the clouds cleared and a rainbow appeared.
I believe in Grace After Henry, and I believe that sometimes you just need to have a little faith.
Grace after Henry by Eithne Shortall is available to pre-order online from Eason now!