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    John Lynch(Author)

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Hauntingly told and emotionally charged, this is an immense story of consuming addiction and the betrayal of trust.Gabriel O'Rourke seemingly has everything: a loving wife, an adoring young son, a worthwhile job. He is rooted in a community, is part of a family, has a home. Yet, gradually, his world slowly pulls apart, until Gabriel finds himself homeless and destitute, living out of rubbish skips on the street. In a psychotic haze he is admitted into a secure unit, his body addled by alcohol, his mind broken. Here, by confronting the blighting reality of his own alcoholism, Gabriel is forced finally to unearth the muddled spectre of the past: the black betrayals by those around him, his traumatic relationship with his father, and the true darkness of some obsessions.Learning to navigate a landscape pockmarked with trauma to undergo a journey of painstaking absolution and halting reconstruction, Gabriel understands that only by untangling the mistakes of the past can he hope to reclaim his future.

Reviews for Torn Water:'Lynch brings alive the grimy realities of a land and family in the grip of the Troubles, while also conjuring the lilting dreamscapes of a young boy's mind.' Observer`A tale of great delicacy and originality, in which the fierce intensity of adolescence and, even more, the paranoia and yearning of childhood are evoked with precision, grace and overwhelming conviction.' Independent on Sunday`"Torn Water" has the tight tone and feel of the period it depicts and captures well the uncertainties of someone leaving the capsule of childhood behind and taking their first footsteps out into the vast unknown where there are no certainties and no ghosts or angels to guide you.' Irish Sunday Independent'As a moral lesson for modern Ireland it is conventional but appealing.' Irish Times`You get the beat of a writer's heart all the way through the book.' Jennifer Johnston`The short, often shocking, chapters shift between Gabriel's experiences while drying out to the pitiable recollections of growing up with a pious, ineffectual mother and a sexually abusive, alcoholic father -Lynch doesn't shy away from the unsavoury details of this childhood and he's unflinching when it comes to demonstrating how Gabriel is all but destroyed by his father's ghastly legacy.'Metro John Lynch is a successful film, television and stage actor. Torn Water is his first novel. He lives in France.

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  • PDF | 336 pages
  • John Lynch(Author)
  • Fourth Estate Ltd (May 13, 2010)
  • English
  • 7
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By nonscelus on April 24, 2013

    The life of Gabriel is rugged, heart-breaking, disgusting and beautiful. I don't know that this book is suited to all folks but I found Lynch's writing to be absolutely book is littered with markings. For me it is a must read for anyone who likes a redemptive story who can handle (or even identify with) really heavy issues like child abuse, mental instability and alcoholism.

  • By Lisa Martinez on June 11, 2014

    Once again Irish actor/author John Lynch has an amazing and very well written book!!!!!!!!! This man is a superb author as well as a beautiful actor...... His books are a must read and have a box of Kleenex nearby because he will break your heart.......

  • By Guest on September 7, 2017

    What a blessing!

  • By Sandra O'Regan on January 30, 2013

    I bought this book because I had heard a narration of a passage from it and was struck by the rawness of it. The book is a beautifully written account of an alcoholic's battle with himself and those who try to help him suffer through the ordeal. It is a powerful book and loved every moment.

  • By Housers on February 17, 2016

    This book will latch onto your soul and show you hell.

  • By Seamus Bradley on February 9, 2013

    This is excellent writing from John Lynch who has established himselfas an accomplished actor with roles alongside the likes of Daniel Day Lewis.This book is not for the faint of heart---it has the gritty dark side of life in here.

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