Midwinter Break

Midwinter Break

A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend - a holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing, and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives. Their relationship seems safe, easy, familiar. But over the course of the four days we discover the deep uncertainties that exist between them. Gerr A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend - a holid...

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Title:Midwinter Break
Author:Bernard MacLaverty
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Number of Pages:242 pages pages

Midwinter Break Reviews

  • Tony
    Jan 22, 2018

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but it is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It is funny and serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly about...

    All Women Marry Beneath Themselves Like the Shakers, the Beguine movement was an attempt to provide some institutional respite for women in a world dominated by men, their narcissistic violence, and chronically inadequate women?s toilet facilities. The Begijnhof in Amsterdam is a ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty years left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dr...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

  • Elyse
    May 16, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

  • Barbara
    May 16, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but it is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It is funny and serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly about...

    All Women Marry Beneath Themselves Like the Shakers, the Beguine movement was an attempt to provide some institutional respite for women in a world dominated by men, their narcissistic violence, and chronically inadequate women?s toilet facilities. The Begijnhof in Amsterdam is a ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty years left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dr...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    MacLaverty doesn't write novels very often - this is only the second since the Booker shortlisted Grace Notes (the only other one I have read). Once again this is a beautifully poised story of a crisis in a long lasting marriage. Like its author, its protagonists moved from Ulster t...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

  • Bettie☯
    Aug 29, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but it is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It is funny and serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly about...

    All Women Marry Beneath Themselves Like the Shakers, the Beguine movement was an attempt to provide some institutional respite for women in a world dominated by men, their narcissistic violence, and chronically inadequate women?s toilet facilities. The Begijnhof in Amsterdam is a ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty years left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dr...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    MacLaverty doesn't write novels very often - this is only the second since the Booker shortlisted Grace Notes (the only other one I have read). Once again this is a beautifully poised story of a crisis in a long lasting marriage. Like its author, its protagonists moved from Ulster t...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    Gerry and Stella are a retired couple from Northern Ireland, now living in Glasgow. They've had successful careers in architecture and teaching, and raised a son who lives in Canada. Stella is a devout Catholic who enjoys cryptic crosswords. Gerry is a professional cynic, and likes to ...

    3.5 stars This is a beautifully written story of a middle-aged couple who are at the point of their lives where they are wondering what is next. They are examining if this is all there is. The writing is beautiful and the depiction of marriage in the little shared intimacies people...

    Gerry and Stella are married a long time. They each have their own problem. They each deal with it in their own way. They bounce of each other. Their humour is superb. Situations are very recognizable. There's no escape in flight. They love each other deeply. They need each other. ...

    Most people love this novel and I see why. The writing is good, the characters interact intimately, and all of us have been through the ups and downs of a relationship. What didn't work for me was the story line, which has to do with me not the novel. An older, married couple find them...

    BABT Listen here :O) Description: A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend. A holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives. Their relationship s...

  • Peter Boyle
    Jul 08, 2018

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but it is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It is funny and serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly about...

    All Women Marry Beneath Themselves Like the Shakers, the Beguine movement was an attempt to provide some institutional respite for women in a world dominated by men, their narcissistic violence, and chronically inadequate women?s toilet facilities. The Begijnhof in Amsterdam is a ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty years left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dr...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    MacLaverty doesn't write novels very often - this is only the second since the Booker shortlisted Grace Notes (the only other one I have read). Once again this is a beautifully poised story of a crisis in a long lasting marriage. Like its author, its protagonists moved from Ulster t...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    Gerry and Stella are a retired couple from Northern Ireland, now living in Glasgow. They've had successful careers in architecture and teaching, and raised a son who lives in Canada. Stella is a devout Catholic who enjoys cryptic crosswords. Gerry is a professional cynic, and likes to ...

  • Dianne
    Nov 05, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but it is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It is funny and serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly about...

    All Women Marry Beneath Themselves Like the Shakers, the Beguine movement was an attempt to provide some institutional respite for women in a world dominated by men, their narcissistic violence, and chronically inadequate women?s toilet facilities. The Begijnhof in Amsterdam is a ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty years left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dr...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

  • Stephen Clynes
    Nov 09, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but it is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It is funny and serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly about...

    All Women Marry Beneath Themselves Like the Shakers, the Beguine movement was an attempt to provide some institutional respite for women in a world dominated by men, their narcissistic violence, and chronically inadequate women?s toilet facilities. The Begijnhof in Amsterdam is a ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty years left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dr...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    MacLaverty doesn't write novels very often - this is only the second since the Booker shortlisted Grace Notes (the only other one I have read). Once again this is a beautifully poised story of a crisis in a long lasting marriage. Like its author, its protagonists moved from Ulster t...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

  • Paul Fulcher
    Mar 26, 2018

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but it is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It is funny and serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly about...

    All Women Marry Beneath Themselves Like the Shakers, the Beguine movement was an attempt to provide some institutional respite for women in a world dominated by men, their narcissistic violence, and chronically inadequate women?s toilet facilities. The Begijnhof in Amsterdam is a ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty years left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dr...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    MacLaverty doesn't write novels very often - this is only the second since the Booker shortlisted Grace Notes (the only other one I have read). Once again this is a beautifully poised story of a crisis in a long lasting marriage. Like its author, its protagonists moved from Ulster t...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    Gerry and Stella are a retired couple from Northern Ireland, now living in Glasgow. They've had successful careers in architecture and teaching, and raised a son who lives in Canada. Stella is a devout Catholic who enjoys cryptic crosswords. Gerry is a professional cynic, and likes to ...

    3.5 stars This is a beautifully written story of a middle-aged couple who are at the point of their lives where they are wondering what is next. They are examining if this is all there is. The writing is beautiful and the depiction of marriage in the little shared intimacies people...

    Gerry and Stella are married a long time. They each have their own problem. They each deal with it in their own way. They bounce of each other. Their humour is superb. Situations are very recognizable. There's no escape in flight. They love each other deeply. They need each other. ...

    Most people love this novel and I see why. The writing is good, the characters interact intimately, and all of us have been through the ups and downs of a relationship. What didn't work for me was the story line, which has to do with me not the novel. An older, married couple find them...

    BABT Listen here :O) Description: A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend. A holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives. Their relationship s...

    Threescore Years and Then . . . ? And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth. This poem, "Late Fragment" by Raymond Carver, is just about the last thing he ever wrote. Ber...

    ?Midwinter Break? is a quiet, beautiful novel about empty nesters that take a long weekend holiday. Author Bernard MacLaverty writes restrained yet intimate prose allowing the reader to be part of the holiday. Gerry and Stella Gilmore set off from their home in Scotland to trave...

    I have very mixed feelings about this book. I wouldn't even say it is a book about a marriage but rather a book about two people who happen to be married trying to find meaning in their lives. This was a heavy read for me and reminds me again how the emotional burdens we carry with us ...

    This novel reminds me so much of the film ?Le Weekend? which features a remarkably similar ?storyboard? of an older married couple finding their relationship under strain whilst on a short holiday abroad ? although the film is set in Paris, rather than Amsterdam, where this s...

    "There are important questions to be answered. How can we best live our lives? How can we live good lives"?(90) Stella is the victim of a life changing event. She continues to contemplate the meaning of life in the light of her unfortunate experience, and is no nearer to finding any a...

    I suppose we?re lucky to have each other to ignore. Midwinter Break is a beautifully written story of a retired couple, Gerry an atheist and an architect and Stella a pious Catholic and teacher, from Northern Ireland but now living in Scotland, their one son grown-up with a child ...

  • Jill
    Aug 30, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but it is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It is funny and serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly about...

    All Women Marry Beneath Themselves Like the Shakers, the Beguine movement was an attempt to provide some institutional respite for women in a world dominated by men, their narcissistic violence, and chronically inadequate women?s toilet facilities. The Begijnhof in Amsterdam is a ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty years left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dr...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    MacLaverty doesn't write novels very often - this is only the second since the Booker shortlisted Grace Notes (the only other one I have read). Once again this is a beautifully poised story of a crisis in a long lasting marriage. Like its author, its protagonists moved from Ulster t...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    Gerry and Stella are a retired couple from Northern Ireland, now living in Glasgow. They've had successful careers in architecture and teaching, and raised a son who lives in Canada. Stella is a devout Catholic who enjoys cryptic crosswords. Gerry is a professional cynic, and likes to ...

    3.5 stars This is a beautifully written story of a middle-aged couple who are at the point of their lives where they are wondering what is next. They are examining if this is all there is. The writing is beautiful and the depiction of marriage in the little shared intimacies people...

    Gerry and Stella are married a long time. They each have their own problem. They each deal with it in their own way. They bounce of each other. Their humour is superb. Situations are very recognizable. There's no escape in flight. They love each other deeply. They need each other. ...

    Most people love this novel and I see why. The writing is good, the characters interact intimately, and all of us have been through the ups and downs of a relationship. What didn't work for me was the story line, which has to do with me not the novel. An older, married couple find them...

    BABT Listen here :O) Description: A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend. A holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives. Their relationship s...

    Threescore Years and Then . . . ? And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth. This poem, "Late Fragment" by Raymond Carver, is just about the last thing he ever wrote. Ber...

    ?Midwinter Break? is a quiet, beautiful novel about empty nesters that take a long weekend holiday. Author Bernard MacLaverty writes restrained yet intimate prose allowing the reader to be part of the holiday. Gerry and Stella Gilmore set off from their home in Scotland to trave...

    I have very mixed feelings about this book. I wouldn't even say it is a book about a marriage but rather a book about two people who happen to be married trying to find meaning in their lives. This was a heavy read for me and reminds me again how the emotional burdens we carry with us ...

  • Diane S ☔
    Aug 31, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

  • Susan Johnson
    Aug 12, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but it is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It is funny and serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly about...

    All Women Marry Beneath Themselves Like the Shakers, the Beguine movement was an attempt to provide some institutional respite for women in a world dominated by men, their narcissistic violence, and chronically inadequate women?s toilet facilities. The Begijnhof in Amsterdam is a ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty years left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dr...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    MacLaverty doesn't write novels very often - this is only the second since the Booker shortlisted Grace Notes (the only other one I have read). Once again this is a beautifully poised story of a crisis in a long lasting marriage. Like its author, its protagonists moved from Ulster t...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    Gerry and Stella are a retired couple from Northern Ireland, now living in Glasgow. They've had successful careers in architecture and teaching, and raised a son who lives in Canada. Stella is a devout Catholic who enjoys cryptic crosswords. Gerry is a professional cynic, and likes to ...

    3.5 stars This is a beautifully written story of a middle-aged couple who are at the point of their lives where they are wondering what is next. They are examining if this is all there is. The writing is beautiful and the depiction of marriage in the little shared intimacies people...

  • Fionnuala
    Feb 07, 2018

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but it is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It is funny and serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly about...

  • Rebecca
    Aug 16, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but it is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It is funny and serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly about...

    All Women Marry Beneath Themselves Like the Shakers, the Beguine movement was an attempt to provide some institutional respite for women in a world dominated by men, their narcissistic violence, and chronically inadequate women?s toilet facilities. The Begijnhof in Amsterdam is a ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty years left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dr...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    MacLaverty doesn't write novels very often - this is only the second since the Booker shortlisted Grace Notes (the only other one I have read). Once again this is a beautifully poised story of a crisis in a long lasting marriage. Like its author, its protagonists moved from Ulster t...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

  • Tooter
    Nov 26, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but it is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It is funny and serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly about...

    All Women Marry Beneath Themselves Like the Shakers, the Beguine movement was an attempt to provide some institutional respite for women in a world dominated by men, their narcissistic violence, and chronically inadequate women?s toilet facilities. The Begijnhof in Amsterdam is a ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty years left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dr...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

  • MisterHobgoblin
    Jun 27, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but it is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It is funny and serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly about...

    All Women Marry Beneath Themselves Like the Shakers, the Beguine movement was an attempt to provide some institutional respite for women in a world dominated by men, their narcissistic violence, and chronically inadequate women?s toilet facilities. The Begijnhof in Amsterdam is a ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty years left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dr...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    MacLaverty doesn't write novels very often - this is only the second since the Booker shortlisted Grace Notes (the only other one I have read). Once again this is a beautifully poised story of a crisis in a long lasting marriage. Like its author, its protagonists moved from Ulster t...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    Gerry and Stella are a retired couple from Northern Ireland, now living in Glasgow. They've had successful careers in architecture and teaching, and raised a son who lives in Canada. Stella is a devout Catholic who enjoys cryptic crosswords. Gerry is a professional cynic, and likes to ...

    3.5 stars This is a beautifully written story of a middle-aged couple who are at the point of their lives where they are wondering what is next. They are examining if this is all there is. The writing is beautiful and the depiction of marriage in the little shared intimacies people...

    Gerry and Stella are married a long time. They each have their own problem. They each deal with it in their own way. They bounce of each other. Their humour is superb. Situations are very recognizable. There's no escape in flight. They love each other deeply. They need each other. ...

    Most people love this novel and I see why. The writing is good, the characters interact intimately, and all of us have been through the ups and downs of a relationship. What didn't work for me was the story line, which has to do with me not the novel. An older, married couple find them...

    BABT Listen here :O) Description: A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend. A holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives. Their relationship s...

    Threescore Years and Then . . . ? And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth. This poem, "Late Fragment" by Raymond Carver, is just about the last thing he ever wrote. Ber...

    ?Midwinter Break? is a quiet, beautiful novel about empty nesters that take a long weekend holiday. Author Bernard MacLaverty writes restrained yet intimate prose allowing the reader to be part of the holiday. Gerry and Stella Gilmore set off from their home in Scotland to trave...

    I have very mixed feelings about this book. I wouldn't even say it is a book about a marriage but rather a book about two people who happen to be married trying to find meaning in their lives. This was a heavy read for me and reminds me again how the emotional burdens we carry with us ...

    This novel reminds me so much of the film ?Le Weekend? which features a remarkably similar ?storyboard? of an older married couple finding their relationship under strain whilst on a short holiday abroad ? although the film is set in Paris, rather than Amsterdam, where this s...

    "There are important questions to be answered. How can we best live our lives? How can we live good lives"?(90) Stella is the victim of a life changing event. She continues to contemplate the meaning of life in the light of her unfortunate experience, and is no nearer to finding any a...

    I suppose we?re lucky to have each other to ignore. Midwinter Break is a beautifully written story of a retired couple, Gerry an atheist and an architect and Stella a pious Catholic and teacher, from Northern Ireland but now living in Scotland, their one son grown-up with a child ...

    I do not write plot summaries. The publicist has done a fine job with the one provided by the publisher. Stella and Gerry are an ?old married couple,? in their upper sixties, married for at least forty years. Both are set in their ways, both accommodate their partner?s habits,...

    Bernard MacLaverty is a sublime writer and Midwinter Break is as good as anything he has ever written. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are a long-married couple of pensionable age, living in Glasgow but originally from the north of Ireland. Gerry is fond of a nightcap and Stella has quite ...

  • Barbara
    Nov 29, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but it is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It is funny and serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly about...

    All Women Marry Beneath Themselves Like the Shakers, the Beguine movement was an attempt to provide some institutional respite for women in a world dominated by men, their narcissistic violence, and chronically inadequate women?s toilet facilities. The Begijnhof in Amsterdam is a ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty years left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dr...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    MacLaverty doesn't write novels very often - this is only the second since the Booker shortlisted Grace Notes (the only other one I have read). Once again this is a beautifully poised story of a crisis in a long lasting marriage. Like its author, its protagonists moved from Ulster t...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    Gerry and Stella are a retired couple from Northern Ireland, now living in Glasgow. They've had successful careers in architecture and teaching, and raised a son who lives in Canada. Stella is a devout Catholic who enjoys cryptic crosswords. Gerry is a professional cynic, and likes to ...

    3.5 stars This is a beautifully written story of a middle-aged couple who are at the point of their lives where they are wondering what is next. They are examining if this is all there is. The writing is beautiful and the depiction of marriage in the little shared intimacies people...

    Gerry and Stella are married a long time. They each have their own problem. They each deal with it in their own way. They bounce of each other. Their humour is superb. Situations are very recognizable. There's no escape in flight. They love each other deeply. They need each other. ...

    Most people love this novel and I see why. The writing is good, the characters interact intimately, and all of us have been through the ups and downs of a relationship. What didn't work for me was the story line, which has to do with me not the novel. An older, married couple find them...

    BABT Listen here :O) Description: A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend. A holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives. Their relationship s...

    Threescore Years and Then . . . ? And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth. This poem, "Late Fragment" by Raymond Carver, is just about the last thing he ever wrote. Ber...

    ?Midwinter Break? is a quiet, beautiful novel about empty nesters that take a long weekend holiday. Author Bernard MacLaverty writes restrained yet intimate prose allowing the reader to be part of the holiday. Gerry and Stella Gilmore set off from their home in Scotland to trave...

  • Maureen
    Aug 16, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

  • Anni
    Feb 09, 2018

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but it is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It is funny and serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly about...

    All Women Marry Beneath Themselves Like the Shakers, the Beguine movement was an attempt to provide some institutional respite for women in a world dominated by men, their narcissistic violence, and chronically inadequate women?s toilet facilities. The Begijnhof in Amsterdam is a ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty years left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dr...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    MacLaverty doesn't write novels very often - this is only the second since the Booker shortlisted Grace Notes (the only other one I have read). Once again this is a beautifully poised story of a crisis in a long lasting marriage. Like its author, its protagonists moved from Ulster t...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    Gerry and Stella are a retired couple from Northern Ireland, now living in Glasgow. They've had successful careers in architecture and teaching, and raised a son who lives in Canada. Stella is a devout Catholic who enjoys cryptic crosswords. Gerry is a professional cynic, and likes to ...

    3.5 stars This is a beautifully written story of a middle-aged couple who are at the point of their lives where they are wondering what is next. They are examining if this is all there is. The writing is beautiful and the depiction of marriage in the little shared intimacies people...

    Gerry and Stella are married a long time. They each have their own problem. They each deal with it in their own way. They bounce of each other. Their humour is superb. Situations are very recognizable. There's no escape in flight. They love each other deeply. They need each other. ...

    Most people love this novel and I see why. The writing is good, the characters interact intimately, and all of us have been through the ups and downs of a relationship. What didn't work for me was the story line, which has to do with me not the novel. An older, married couple find them...

    BABT Listen here :O) Description: A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend. A holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives. Their relationship s...

    Threescore Years and Then . . . ? And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth. This poem, "Late Fragment" by Raymond Carver, is just about the last thing he ever wrote. Ber...

    ?Midwinter Break? is a quiet, beautiful novel about empty nesters that take a long weekend holiday. Author Bernard MacLaverty writes restrained yet intimate prose allowing the reader to be part of the holiday. Gerry and Stella Gilmore set off from their home in Scotland to trave...

    I have very mixed feelings about this book. I wouldn't even say it is a book about a marriage but rather a book about two people who happen to be married trying to find meaning in their lives. This was a heavy read for me and reminds me again how the emotional burdens we carry with us ...

    This novel reminds me so much of the film ?Le Weekend? which features a remarkably similar ?storyboard? of an older married couple finding their relationship under strain whilst on a short holiday abroad ? although the film is set in Paris, rather than Amsterdam, where this s...

  • BlackOxford
    Feb 25, 2018

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but it is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It is funny and serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly about...

    All Women Marry Beneath Themselves Like the Shakers, the Beguine movement was an attempt to provide some institutional respite for women in a world dominated by men, their narcissistic violence, and chronically inadequate women?s toilet facilities. The Begijnhof in Amsterdam is a ...

  • Dean
    Jan 10, 2018

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but it is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It is funny and serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly about...

    All Women Marry Beneath Themselves Like the Shakers, the Beguine movement was an attempt to provide some institutional respite for women in a world dominated by men, their narcissistic violence, and chronically inadequate women?s toilet facilities. The Begijnhof in Amsterdam is a ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty years left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dr...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

  • SueLucie
    Jun 28, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but it is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It is funny and serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly about...

    All Women Marry Beneath Themselves Like the Shakers, the Beguine movement was an attempt to provide some institutional respite for women in a world dominated by men, their narcissistic violence, and chronically inadequate women?s toilet facilities. The Begijnhof in Amsterdam is a ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty years left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dr...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    MacLaverty doesn't write novels very often - this is only the second since the Booker shortlisted Grace Notes (the only other one I have read). Once again this is a beautifully poised story of a crisis in a long lasting marriage. Like its author, its protagonists moved from Ulster t...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

  • Jonathan Pool
    Sep 20, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but it is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It is funny and serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly about...

    All Women Marry Beneath Themselves Like the Shakers, the Beguine movement was an attempt to provide some institutional respite for women in a world dominated by men, their narcissistic violence, and chronically inadequate women?s toilet facilities. The Begijnhof in Amsterdam is a ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty years left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dr...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    MacLaverty doesn't write novels very often - this is only the second since the Booker shortlisted Grace Notes (the only other one I have read). Once again this is a beautifully poised story of a crisis in a long lasting marriage. Like its author, its protagonists moved from Ulster t...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    Gerry and Stella are a retired couple from Northern Ireland, now living in Glasgow. They've had successful careers in architecture and teaching, and raised a son who lives in Canada. Stella is a devout Catholic who enjoys cryptic crosswords. Gerry is a professional cynic, and likes to ...

    3.5 stars This is a beautifully written story of a middle-aged couple who are at the point of their lives where they are wondering what is next. They are examining if this is all there is. The writing is beautiful and the depiction of marriage in the little shared intimacies people...

    Gerry and Stella are married a long time. They each have their own problem. They each deal with it in their own way. They bounce of each other. Their humour is superb. Situations are very recognizable. There's no escape in flight. They love each other deeply. They need each other. ...

    Most people love this novel and I see why. The writing is good, the characters interact intimately, and all of us have been through the ups and downs of a relationship. What didn't work for me was the story line, which has to do with me not the novel. An older, married couple find them...

    BABT Listen here :O) Description: A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend. A holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives. Their relationship s...

    Threescore Years and Then . . . ? And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth. This poem, "Late Fragment" by Raymond Carver, is just about the last thing he ever wrote. Ber...

    ?Midwinter Break? is a quiet, beautiful novel about empty nesters that take a long weekend holiday. Author Bernard MacLaverty writes restrained yet intimate prose allowing the reader to be part of the holiday. Gerry and Stella Gilmore set off from their home in Scotland to trave...

    I have very mixed feelings about this book. I wouldn't even say it is a book about a marriage but rather a book about two people who happen to be married trying to find meaning in their lives. This was a heavy read for me and reminds me again how the emotional burdens we carry with us ...

    This novel reminds me so much of the film ?Le Weekend? which features a remarkably similar ?storyboard? of an older married couple finding their relationship under strain whilst on a short holiday abroad ? although the film is set in Paris, rather than Amsterdam, where this s...

    "There are important questions to be answered. How can we best live our lives? How can we live good lives"?(90) Stella is the victim of a life changing event. She continues to contemplate the meaning of life in the light of her unfortunate experience, and is no nearer to finding any a...

  • Hans
    Feb 06, 2018

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but it is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It is funny and serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly about...

    All Women Marry Beneath Themselves Like the Shakers, the Beguine movement was an attempt to provide some institutional respite for women in a world dominated by men, their narcissistic violence, and chronically inadequate women?s toilet facilities. The Begijnhof in Amsterdam is a ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty years left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dr...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    MacLaverty doesn't write novels very often - this is only the second since the Booker shortlisted Grace Notes (the only other one I have read). Once again this is a beautifully poised story of a crisis in a long lasting marriage. Like its author, its protagonists moved from Ulster t...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    Gerry and Stella are a retired couple from Northern Ireland, now living in Glasgow. They've had successful careers in architecture and teaching, and raised a son who lives in Canada. Stella is a devout Catholic who enjoys cryptic crosswords. Gerry is a professional cynic, and likes to ...

    3.5 stars This is a beautifully written story of a middle-aged couple who are at the point of their lives where they are wondering what is next. They are examining if this is all there is. The writing is beautiful and the depiction of marriage in the little shared intimacies people...

    Gerry and Stella are married a long time. They each have their own problem. They each deal with it in their own way. They bounce of each other. Their humour is superb. Situations are very recognizable. There's no escape in flight. They love each other deeply. They need each other. ...

  • Karen
    May 05, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but it is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It is funny and serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly about...

    All Women Marry Beneath Themselves Like the Shakers, the Beguine movement was an attempt to provide some institutional respite for women in a world dominated by men, their narcissistic violence, and chronically inadequate women?s toilet facilities. The Begijnhof in Amsterdam is a ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty years left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dr...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

  • G.H. Eckel
    Jan 31, 2018

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but it is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It is funny and serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly about...

    All Women Marry Beneath Themselves Like the Shakers, the Beguine movement was an attempt to provide some institutional respite for women in a world dominated by men, their narcissistic violence, and chronically inadequate women?s toilet facilities. The Begijnhof in Amsterdam is a ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty years left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dr...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    MacLaverty doesn't write novels very often - this is only the second since the Booker shortlisted Grace Notes (the only other one I have read). Once again this is a beautifully poised story of a crisis in a long lasting marriage. Like its author, its protagonists moved from Ulster t...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    Gerry and Stella are a retired couple from Northern Ireland, now living in Glasgow. They've had successful careers in architecture and teaching, and raised a son who lives in Canada. Stella is a devout Catholic who enjoys cryptic crosswords. Gerry is a professional cynic, and likes to ...

    3.5 stars This is a beautifully written story of a middle-aged couple who are at the point of their lives where they are wondering what is next. They are examining if this is all there is. The writing is beautiful and the depiction of marriage in the little shared intimacies people...

    Gerry and Stella are married a long time. They each have their own problem. They each deal with it in their own way. They bounce of each other. Their humour is superb. Situations are very recognizable. There's no escape in flight. They love each other deeply. They need each other. ...

    Most people love this novel and I see why. The writing is good, the characters interact intimately, and all of us have been through the ups and downs of a relationship. What didn't work for me was the story line, which has to do with me not the novel. An older, married couple find them...

  • Hugh
    Oct 13, 2018

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but it is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It is funny and serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly about...

    All Women Marry Beneath Themselves Like the Shakers, the Beguine movement was an attempt to provide some institutional respite for women in a world dominated by men, their narcissistic violence, and chronically inadequate women?s toilet facilities. The Begijnhof in Amsterdam is a ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty years left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dr...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    MacLaverty doesn't write novels very often - this is only the second since the Booker shortlisted Grace Notes (the only other one I have read). Once again this is a beautifully poised story of a crisis in a long lasting marriage. Like its author, its protagonists moved from Ulster t...

  • Gumble's Yard
    Aug 19, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but it is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It is funny and serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly about...

    All Women Marry Beneath Themselves Like the Shakers, the Beguine movement was an attempt to provide some institutional respite for women in a world dominated by men, their narcissistic violence, and chronically inadequate women?s toilet facilities. The Begijnhof in Amsterdam is a ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty years left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dr...

  • Paromjit
    Sep 10, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

  • Roger Brunyate
    May 01, 2018

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but it is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It is funny and serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly about...

    All Women Marry Beneath Themselves Like the Shakers, the Beguine movement was an attempt to provide some institutional respite for women in a world dominated by men, their narcissistic violence, and chronically inadequate women?s toilet facilities. The Begijnhof in Amsterdam is a ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty years left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dr...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    MacLaverty doesn't write novels very often - this is only the second since the Booker shortlisted Grace Notes (the only other one I have read). Once again this is a beautifully poised story of a crisis in a long lasting marriage. Like its author, its protagonists moved from Ulster t...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    Gerry and Stella are a retired couple from Northern Ireland, now living in Glasgow. They've had successful careers in architecture and teaching, and raised a son who lives in Canada. Stella is a devout Catholic who enjoys cryptic crosswords. Gerry is a professional cynic, and likes to ...

    3.5 stars This is a beautifully written story of a middle-aged couple who are at the point of their lives where they are wondering what is next. They are examining if this is all there is. The writing is beautiful and the depiction of marriage in the little shared intimacies people...

    Gerry and Stella are married a long time. They each have their own problem. They each deal with it in their own way. They bounce of each other. Their humour is superb. Situations are very recognizable. There's no escape in flight. They love each other deeply. They need each other. ...

    Most people love this novel and I see why. The writing is good, the characters interact intimately, and all of us have been through the ups and downs of a relationship. What didn't work for me was the story line, which has to do with me not the novel. An older, married couple find them...

    BABT Listen here :O) Description: A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend. A holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives. Their relationship s...

    Threescore Years and Then . . . ? And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth. This poem, "Late Fragment" by Raymond Carver, is just about the last thing he ever wrote. Ber...

  • Phil
    May 20, 2017

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get thr...

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share...

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I did...

    Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life a...

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox. It appears quite light but it is surprisingly deep. It seems quite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary. It is funny and serious, a sad book and a happy book at the same time. A book mainly about Him yet predominantly about...

    All Women Marry Beneath Themselves Like the Shakers, the Beguine movement was an attempt to provide some institutional respite for women in a world dominated by men, their narcissistic violence, and chronically inadequate women?s toilet facilities. The Begijnhof in Amsterdam is a ...

    The family is raised, the work?s done. That can?t be it, can it? There?s ten or twenty years left over, as it were. We?ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn?t fit ?. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you dr...

    Novels like "Midwinter Break" by MacLaverty are the reason because I've became an ardent and passionate reader!!! Gerry and Stella a couple for decades make a trip to Amsterdam and must confront the shadows and hurts lurking in the past.... They must cope with the fact that events ...

    Gerry and Stella. They are an old married couple. Well, pensioners anyhow. They are Irish but then there was an incident and now they live in Glasgow. She was a teacher; he an architect. He is an alcoholic; she is devout. There is a fissure in their marriage. This is a story about a tr...

    MIDWINTER BREAK BY BERNARD MACLAVERTY Spoiler Alert--You may not want to continue reading this review before you read the book. This is a story written with compassion and love. It is about a married retired couple named Gerry and Stella. There is a lot of peace and tranquility in te...

    This is the story of Gerry and Stella, in their early sixties, off on a 4-day holiday to Amsterdam. They are at pivotal moment in their lives and their marriage. Gerry is an alchoholic and Stella is fed up and looking to lead a more purposeful and spiritual life. This was well-writt...

    2.5 Stars rounded down. This book really dragged for me....not enough to DNF it but enough to keep hoping it would end soon so I could start another book. ...

    MacLaverty doesn't write novels very often - this is only the second since the Booker shortlisted Grace Notes (the only other one I have read). Once again this is a beautifully poised story of a crisis in a long lasting marriage. Like its author, its protagonists moved from Ulster t...

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70?s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving the...

    In MacLaverty?s quietly beautiful fifth novel, a retired couple faces up to past trauma and present incompatibility during a short vacation in Amsterdam. The limited time span and settings ? the couple?s home in Glasgow plus various locations in Amsterdam, mostly interiors ? ar...

    Follow Gerry and Stella Gilmore as they go on a short break away to Amsterdam. I found Midwinter Break a refreshing change from your average run-of-the-mill mix of novels. It is a love story but not with young, vibrant, enthusiastic twenty year olds. Gerry and Stella are a retired c...

    How emotionally draining this book turned out to be. It touched me on levels I hadn?t even considered before, perhaps because I am fast approaching the age of Gerry and Stella, and have also been married ?for a protracted period?. It?s a fact, people change over time. They d...

    Gerry and Stella are a retired couple from Northern Ireland, now living in Glasgow. They've had successful careers in architecture and teaching, and raised a son who lives in Canada. Stella is a devout Catholic who enjoys cryptic crosswords. Gerry is a professional cynic, and likes to ...

    3.5 stars This is a beautifully written story of a middle-aged couple who are at the point of their lives where they are wondering what is next. They are examining if this is all there is. The writing is beautiful and the depiction of marriage in the little shared intimacies people...

    Gerry and Stella are married a long time. They each have their own problem. They each deal with it in their own way. They bounce of each other. Their humour is superb. Situations are very recognizable. There's no escape in flight. They love each other deeply. They need each other. ...

    Most people love this novel and I see why. The writing is good, the characters interact intimately, and all of us have been through the ups and downs of a relationship. What didn't work for me was the story line, which has to do with me not the novel. An older, married couple find them...

    BABT Listen here :O) Description: A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend. A holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives. Their relationship s...

    Threescore Years and Then . . . ? And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth. This poem, "Late Fragment" by Raymond Carver, is just about the last thing he ever wrote. Ber...

    ?Midwinter Break? is a quiet, beautiful novel about empty nesters that take a long weekend holiday. Author Bernard MacLaverty writes restrained yet intimate prose allowing the reader to be part of the holiday. Gerry and Stella Gilmore set off from their home in Scotland to trave...

    I have very mixed feelings about this book. I wouldn't even say it is a book about a marriage but rather a book about two people who happen to be married trying to find meaning in their lives. This was a heavy read for me and reminds me again how the emotional burdens we carry with us ...

    This novel reminds me so much of the film ?Le Weekend? which features a remarkably similar ?storyboard? of an older married couple finding their relationship under strain whilst on a short holiday abroad ? although the film is set in Paris, rather than Amsterdam, where this s...

    "There are important questions to be answered. How can we best live our lives? How can we live good lives"?(90) Stella is the victim of a life changing event. She continues to contemplate the meaning of life in the light of her unfortunate experience, and is no nearer to finding any a...

    I suppose we?re lucky to have each other to ignore. Midwinter Break is a beautifully written story of a retired couple, Gerry an atheist and an architect and Stella a pious Catholic and teacher, from Northern Ireland but now living in Scotland, their one son grown-up with a child ...

    I do not write plot summaries. The publicist has done a fine job with the one provided by the publisher. Stella and Gerry are an ?old married couple,? in their upper sixties, married for at least forty years. Both are set in their ways, both accommodate their partner?s habits,...