A focus on personal dramas

Book cover  of Time Present And Time Past by Deirdre Madden. PA Photo/Faber and Faber.

Book cover of Time Present And Time Past by Deirdre Madden. PA Photo/Faber and Faber.

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Time Present And Time Past by Deirdre Madden

Dierdre Madden writes of Ireland’s most recent and pressing past, the castration and self-propelled euthanasia of the celtic tiger.

The Orange Prize shortlisted author’s focus is on the Buckley family on the eve of the crash.

The everyday lives of Fintan, his wife Colette and their three children occupy the daily drama of the novel, a very modern portrait of family familiar to anyone acquainted with a pre-recession world.

In exploring the past, Madden reminds us of the personal dramas that occurred long before worries of crashing economies and the family growing up.