Is there such a thing as a perfect marriage?
David thought so. But when his wife Mary Rose dies suddenly he has to think again. In reliving their twenty years together David sees that the ground beneath them had shifted and he simply hadn't noticed. Or had chosen not to.
Figuring out who Mary Rose really was and the secrets that she kept - some of these hidden in plain sight - makes David wonder if he really knew her. Did he even know himself?
Nothing But Blue Sky is a precise and tender story of love in marriage - a gripping examination of what binds couples together and of what keeps them apart.
'Touching and enthralling' Sunday Times
'What a beautiful novel ... Elegant, understated, subtly powerful, and rings so perfectly true' Donal Ryan
'Heart-rending ... MacMahon's words ring with the honesty of truth, offering genuine insight into the human condition' Business Post
'Beautiful and moving' Claire Fuller, author of Unsettled Ground
'Skilfully written with a wonderful lightness of touch' Irish Times
'Gentle and triumphant, MacMahon offers us a novel seeped in beautiful prose and poignant tenderness' Anne Griffin
'A beautifully written and powerful tale' Woman & Home
'A tender dissection of a marriage' Independent
'A piece of perfection ... the best book I've read all year' Irish Examiner
'Sure and subtle, MacMahon holds the reader in her spell. She is a born storyteller' Mike McCormack
A poignant, gentle and astutely observed novel about marriage and the evolution of love
A piece of perfection - a subtle, thought-provoking investigation of a marriage. It rings true. It's the best book I've read all year
What a beautiful novel ... elegant, understated, subtly powerful, and rings so perfectly true ... Beautiful, poignant moments, drawn with such quiet power. And that quiet power is alive and at work on every page
Beautiful and moving
Insightful and deeply moving, this is a story of one man's grief that somehow manages to hold onto its sense of humour. I loved this book
Skilfully written with a wonderful lightness of touch ... An acutely observed portrait of a relationship ... filled with astute observations of human behaviour
Kathleen MacMahon's prose could not appear more effortless or beautiful
Heart-rending ... a tender and beautiful [love story] ... MacMahon's words ring with the honesty of truth, offering genuine insight into the human condition
A tender dissection of marriage
This elegant, tender novel is an absolute pleasure
Avni Doshi, Dawn French, Ali Smith, Yaa Gyasi, Claire Fuller and Kathleen MacMahon share their reactions to being nominated for one of literature's most prestigious awards.