Review: When All Is Said

When All Is Said


A tale of a single night. The story of a lifetime.

If you had to pick five people to sum up your life, who would they be? If you were to raise a glass to each of them, what would you say? And what would you learn about yourself, when all is said and done?

This is the story of Maurice Hannigan, who, over the course of a Saturday night in June, orders five different drinks at the Rainford House Hotel. With each he toasts a person vital to him: his doomed older brother, his troubled sister-in-law, his daughter of fifteen minutes, his son far off in America, and his late, lamented wife. And through these people, the ones who left him behind, he tells the story of his own life, with all its regrets and feuds, loves and triumphs.

Beautifully written, powerfully felt, When All Is Said promises to be the next great Irish novel. 

Rating: 5-stars


When All Is Said by Anne Griffin is a deep thought provoking read. It caught me off guard. This is one epic emotional rollercoaster ride. So heartbreakingly sad. I loved it. I was hooked from the the start. This was my first read by this writer. I am excited to read more by this talented fictional writer, Anne Griffin. Her world of fiction was not just words on a page. They were believably real. Three dimensional characters with a full life that all people can relate to…I was impressed.

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