All the Broken Places


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$19.00  $17.67
Penguin Books
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5.3 X 8.0 X 0.9 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

John Boyne is the author of thirteen novels for adults, six for younger readers and a collection of short stories. His 2006 novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas has sold more than 11 million copies worldwide. He has won three Irish Book Awards, along with a host of other international literary prizes. His novels are published in more than fifty languages.


"When is a monster's child culpable? Guilt and complicity are multifaceted. John Boyne is a maestro of historical fiction. You can't prepare yourself for the magnitude and emotional impact of this powerful novel."
--John Irving, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The World According to Garp

"This novel, this exceptional, layered and compelling story, is built on modern history and all of us people who live it. The protagonist, the elderly, forthright and mysterious Mrs. Fernsby, is more than memorable and every one of Boyne's characters, and every scene, dark or light, is limned in truth and insight. This book moves like a freight train, with force and consequence for the reader."
--Amy Bloom, New York Times bestselling author of In Love

"John Boyne has written a propulsive, heartrending mystery that delivers on both an intellectual and emotional level. It is the story of Gretel Fernsby, a ninety-one year old woman who has spent her life keeping a terrible secret, and the reckoning she faces when past and present collide. Complex. Ferocious. Beautiful and hard. I could not put this novel down."
--Ariel Lawhon, New York Times bestselling author of I Was Anastasia and Code Name Hélène

"What an incredible feat of storytelling. All the Broken Places is a stark confrontation of evil, an examination of guilt and deflection, and an old-fashioned page-turner. John treads the finest of narrative lines with skill and grace and proves himself yet again to be among the world's greatest storytellers."
--Donal Ryan, #1 international bestselling author of The Queen of Dirt Island and Strange Flowers

"A powerful novel about secrets and atonement after Auschwitz... All the Broken Places is a defence of literature's need to shine a light on the darkest aspects of human nature; and it does so with a novelist's skill, precision and power."
--The Guardian

"This is a powerful page-turner, a novel that tackles complex issues while keeping its reader utterly gripped. Gretel's "final story" is an essential one."
--Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"Clear your calendar. Get All the Broken Places and just don't make any plans, other than to read and read and read."
--Washington Blade

"A complex, thoughtful character study that avoids easy answers."
--Kirkus Reviews

"In Gretel, Boyne has created a magnificently dyspeptic protagonist whose self-assurance, sharp tongue and wry humor are at odds with her private agony."
--the Financial Times