Extract

A day out: An extract from Liadán Hynes’ new book

how to fall apart

How To Fall Apart is a memoir about what happens when your life goes drastically off course. In Liadán Hynes’ first book, she writes about putting the pieces back together…


You can know that your marriage is in terminal trouble but also know that there is a lot about your life that you love.

My brother’s girlfriend Song Yue came home from China where she has been on holiday – actually, she is Chinese, China is her home, but so comprehensively have we taken to her in our family that I now think of our home as hers. My girl has adored her from the first; Song Yue is a daughter whisperer.

Song is calm and quiet and, like our childminder Po, just the sight of her makes me feel reassured.

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