Anne Donovan Buddha Da: A Novel

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Buddha Da: A Novel

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Anne Marie's dad, a Glaswegian painter and decorator, has always been game for a laugh. So when he first takes up meditation at the Buddhist Center, no one takes him seriously. But as Jimmy becomes more involved in a search for the spiritual, his beliefs start to come into conflict with the needs of his wife, Liz. Cracks appear in their apparently happy family life, and the ensuing events change the lives of each family member. Donovan completely captures these lives in her clear-eyed, evocative prose, rendered alternately in the voices of each of the main characters. With seamless grace and astonishing veracity, Buddha Da treats serious themes with humor and its characters with humanity. From prize-winning writer Anne Donovan, this stunning debut novel — shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Whitbread First Novel Award — will appeal to readers of Roddy Doyle.

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A new cover edition of Anne Donovan's bestselling debut novel

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'A delightfully deadpan look at what happens when one family member decides that he's unlocked the secret of the universe.'
Independent

Buddha Da tells the endearing story of a working-class Glaswegian man who discovers Buddhism, rejects old habits
and seeks a life more meaningful, only to alienate his immediate family in the process.

Moving seamlessly between three family members, Donovan's clear-eyed, richly expressive prose sings off the page. Each character's voice has its own subtle rhythm and the conclusion is a poignant mixture of hope and lingering reservations. Buddha Da is a delight from one of Britain's most exciting writers.

'An enchanting novel in which ordinary lives are illuminated with extraordinary charm.'
Daily Telegraph

'Buddha Da reads like a Scottish Roddy Doyle, dealing with potentially heavy issues with an addictive blend of pathos and humour.'
Observer

'Her deliciously corkscrewed tale flows with the sap of everyday life.'
Sunday Times

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