Jennifer Reese
February 09, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

This Human Season

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Louise Dean
publisher
Harcourt
genre
Fiction, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an B+

Louise Dean sets This Human Season, her delicate, bleak tale of civil war, in Belfast during the last months of 1979, but with a few adjustments it could take place in any city where ordinary people have violently turned on one another. In alternating chapters, Dean follows Kathleen Moran, a restless Catholic housewife whose son is held prisoner for suspected IRA affiliations, and John Dunn, a British guard at the same prison. How everyday people become mortal enemies is both the central mystery and tragedy of this intelligent book. As one character reflects: ”After a bit, you just sort of accept that’s the way it is. And before you know it you’re part of it.”

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