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Review: A hilarious, often touching novel about a faulty father’s effect on his sons

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‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’ is a powerful and sometimes brutal love story

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Review: ‘She is concerned with the ways in which families evolve; the lore, the back history, the hurts and the secrets.’

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