Midwinter Break

Midwinter Break Review

A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend - a holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing, and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives. Their relationship seems safe, easy, familiar. But over the course of the four days we discover the deep uncertainties that exist between them.

Gerry, once an architect, is forgetful and set in his ways. Stella is tired of his lifestyle, worried about their marriage, and angry at his constant undermining of her religious faith. Things are not helped by memories that have begun to resurface of a troubled time in their native Ireland. As their midwinter break comes to an end, we understand how far apart they are - and can only watch as they struggle to save themselves.

Title:Midwinter Break
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and thei...

  • Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple.However, although I appreciate the authors ...

  • Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith ...

  • Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just f...

  • Onvan : Midwinter Break - Nevisande : Bernard MacLaverty - ISBN : 1911214217 - ISBN13 : 9781911214212 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2017...

  • MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTYSpoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book.This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married re...

  • The family is raised, the work’s done. That can’t be it, can it? There’s ten or twenty yeas left over, as it were. We’ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn’t fit …. I have a sens...

  • This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is f...

  • Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam.I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not wi...

  • 3.5 stars This is a beautifully written story of a middle-aged couple who are at the point of their lives where they are wondering what is next. They are examining if this is all there is. The writing...