This Is How

This Is How

Book - 2009
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M. J. Hyland is the multi-award-winning and Man Booker-shortlisted author of Carry Me Down. Her third novel, This Is How, is a psychologically probing and deeply moving account of a perpetual outsider longing to find his niche. When Patrick Oxtoby's fiancée breaks off their engagement, he leaves home and moves to a remote seaside village. In spite of his hopes for a new and better life, Patrick struggles to fit in and make the right impression. Certain that his new friends are conspiring against him, and with his already fragile personality further fractured, he takes a course of action that permanently alters his life.


This Is How is a mesmerizing and meticulously drawn portrait of a man whose unease in the world leads to his tragic undoing. With breathtaking wisdom and astute insight into the human mind, Hyland's latest is a masterpiece that arouses horror and sympathy in equal measure.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2009
Edition: 1st Canadian ed. --
ISBN: 9781554685011
Branch Call Number: FIC Hylan 3564
Characteristics: 377 p


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Apr 03, 2014

I liked this book and found I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen to the main character. I gained insight into life in the prison system.

Jul 28, 2012

Not recommended.

massabielle Jan 07, 2012

This book was an interesting read. I kept wondering about Patrick (main character) and what he was hiding because he moved in a way that suggested he was running from something. He is not a malicious person but certainly has "anger" and "expression" issues. Because of his emotional issues, things come to a head for him. I found myself identifying with the humanity and issues of anger.

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