The All of It Author:Jeannette Haien A sleeper hit when first published in 1986, Jeannette Haien's exquisite, beloved first novel is a deceptively simple story that has the power and resonance of myth. The story begins on a rainy morning as Father Declan de Loughry stands fishing in an Irish salmon stream, pondering the recent deathbed confession of one of his parishioners. Kevin D... more »ennehy and his wife, Enda, have been sweetly living a lie for some 50 years, a lie the full extent of which Father Declan learns only when Enda finally confides "the all of it." Her tale of suffering mesmerizes the priest, who recognizes that it is also a tale of sin and scandal, a transgression he cannot ignore. The resolution of his dilemma is a triumph of strength and empathy that, as Benedict Kiely has said, makes The All of It "a book to remember".« less
A simple story written in a decievingly simple manner. An Irish priest struggles with the confession made upon the death of a man by his wife of a secret they have kept for 50 years. When Edna Dennehy tells "the all of it" to Father Declan he finds himself shocked yet, intrigued and must resolve his own feelings in order to grant forgiveness.
Haien's spare telling of this story is in an authentic voice relaying suffering, dilemma and finally freedom as solid as the Irish seaside in which it is set. The book may be 25 years old, but the story here is timeless. And a bonus is the flyfishing detail.
This book is a very quick read. It takes place in Ireland and deals with a priest and his knowledge of a secret about a town couple that makes things hard for him to accept. This is his struggle with that secret and the people it involves and the story of the people who have the secret and their relationship and how they came to be where and who they are. Nice story.