When All Is Said

When All Is Said

A tale of a single night. The story of a lifetime. If you had to pick five people to sum up your life, who would they be? If you were to raise a glass to each of them, what would you say? And what would you learn about yourself, when all is said and done? This is the story of Maurice Hannigan, who, over the course of a Saturday night in June, orders five different drinks at A tale of a single night. The story of a lifetime. If you had to pick five people to sum up your life, who woul...

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Title:When All Is Said
Author:Anne Griffin
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:When All is Said
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:326 pages pages

When All Is Said Reviews

  • Cheri
    Feb 13, 2019
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?A room is a still a room, even when there's nothin' there but gloom But a room is not a house and a house is not a home When the two of us are far apart And one of us has a broken heart? --A House is Not a Home, Luther Vandross, Songwriters: Burt Bac...
  • Elyse Walters
    Feb 14, 2019
    ?Five toasts, five people, five memories?. Maurice Hannigan is 84 years old... sitting in the bar of the Rainsford Hotel in Ireland on a Saturday night in June. The hotel is part of Maurice?s history and his memories. He planned his Saturday night.....had a clear purpose.....
  • Dem
    Feb 02, 2019
    This is my second reading of this novel in a few months as it was chosen as our April sit in book club read and what a lovely re-read this book was. I started out listening to this one on Audio but the narrator doesn?t do this one justice and was so glad to have my paperback copy to...
  • Candi
    May 17, 2019
    "I?m here to remember ? all that I have been and all that I will ever be again." There?s something about reading an Irish novel that always feels a bit sad to me. Irish novelists really understand love and loss, or perhaps they are just super skillful about expressing it in wo...
  • Esil
    Mar 03, 2019
    First 5 star novel of 2019! Anne Griffin is amazingly talented. She had me sitting in the bar with Maurice, listening to him make a toast at 84 years old to each of his five favourite people. Maurice had me laughing, crying, getting angry ? including at him more than a few times ?...
  • Rachel
    Mar 04, 2019
    Oh man, this is a tough one. It is not often the case that I look at glowing reviews and think 'did we read the same book?!' but here we are... I was convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was going to love this, too! When All Is Said is a contemporary Irish novel about an old man...
  • Diane S ☔
    Mar 04, 2019
    An unforgettable first novel. A quissessentially Irish novel, filled with melancholy and angst, with some great storytelling. Maurice is 84, his beloved wife Sadie gone now for two years. His only child, a son lives in America with his family. He now sits at a bar in a restaurant, inte...
  • TL
    Aug 09, 2018
    I recieved this via goodreads giveaways ,thanks! All my opinions are my own. ***** Of all the money that e'er I had I spent it in good company And all the harm I've ever done Alas it was to none but me And all I've done for want of wit To mem'ry now I can't recall ...
  • Emily May
    Jan 10, 2019
    "I'm here to remember - all that I have been and all that I will never be again." When All Is Said tells the life story of Maurice Hannigan. Now an elderly man, he sits alone in the bar of the Rainford House Hotel. Over the course of one evening, he raises toasts to five different p...
  • Angela M
    Mar 03, 2019
    There are 5 star books and then there are five star books with a story that make me wish I could give more stars. This is one of them. There are debut novels and then there are debut novels which after I?ve finished reading, have me thinking, wow what a debut and hoping that the auth...
  • Brenda
    Mar 24, 2019
    I am stunned. In the last 24 hours, I've been intimately involved in 84 year old Maurice Hannigan's life. Now I'm going to toast him and Anne Griffin. A truly emotional read. Just superb. ...
  • Ova - Excuse My Reading
    Jan 17, 2019
    Written so purely, the string of emotions this novel stirred in me is massive. When All is Said is the story of 84 years old Maurice and 5 toasts he makes; on a milestone of his life, he is sitting on a barstool and remembers all 5 human beings with feelings of joy, pain, anger, regret...
  • Larry H
    Mar 12, 2019
    3.5 stars, rounded up. Imagine you're on travel by yourself and you decide to spend an evening at a local pub. You're seated at the bar and one of the bar's patrons starts speaking?partially to you and partially to himself. With nothing else to do, you listen to the man tell hi...
  • Diane Barnes
    May 20, 2019
    Every life has losses and regrets, and the longer you live, the more losses you experience, and the more regrets you have. Maurice is 84, so he has lots of both, as well as a lot of happiness and joy. So on the second anniversary of his wife's death, he sits in a bar drinking a toast t...
  • Carol
    Feb 20, 2019
    What a grand Irish tale and well done debut! I truly wanted to start at the beginning and read it again! Encouraged....Supported....and I'm guessing Inspired by John Boyne, Anne Griffin has given me my first SUPER FAVORITE of 2019. Let's start with.....the home, nursing home, that is....
  • Phrynne
    Apr 09, 2019
    First I saw that John Boyne recommended this book and then I saw five star reviews from several Goodreads members whose opinions I respect so of course I had to read it. And what a beautiful book it turned out to be! I guess I am a total sucker for books about charming Irish men and...
  • Debbie
    Mar 25, 2019
    3.5 stars in my sky Here we go again. While everyone else is sparkly happy because they?re seeing a zillion stars, I?m sort of grumpy, because all I can see in my sky are 3 stars, no matter how much I squint. Well, three-and-a-half stars, if I?m being fair. Sigh. Funny, the bl...
  • Zoeytron
    Apr 02, 2019
    This quiet novel almost had a Kent Haruf feel to it, but told with an Irish lilt in the written words. The ones we have loved and lost stay with us for a lifetime. They live on in our memories and in the memories of others who knew them. An old man reflects upon his life. Sad and...
  • Karen
    Feb 02, 2019
    I am becoming a huge fan of Irish stories and authors! I loved 84 year old Maurice, who has lost his beloved wife 2 yrs ago, and isn?t doing well without her. He plans a memorable night at a hotel bar that holds a personal history...and through the course of the night makes nar...
  • Felicia
    Sep 23, 2018
    3.5 Stars ? I'll begin this review by explaining why I chose this book in the first place. To put it simply, the author is Irish. I have become an avid fan of the modern Irish authors of late, John Boyne (who endorsed this book), Liz Nugent and Tana French just to name a few, and...
  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*
    Feb 21, 2019
    Thank you to the publisher St. Martin's Press / Thomas Dunne Books who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This was a moving and very quick read about a widower of two years who desperately misses his wife Sadie. The story takes place in Dublin, Ireland. Maurice Hannigan ...
  • Christine
    Mar 13, 2019
    4.5 rounded to 5 stars Gosh, I must have been under a rock for years ignorant of the high quality Irish fiction that I am gradually discovering. Maeve Binchy, Patricia Gibney, Tana French, John Boyne, and now newcomer Anne Griffin are some of the wonderful Irish authors I have been ...
  • Jen
    Apr 11, 2019
    An old man walks into a bar and sits down for the last time. He?s come to toast 5 people who have had the most impact on his life. Tony, his beloved uncle, always supportive and giving him courage. Molly, the ghost of a daughter, who becomes his voice and conscience* for what is ri...
  • Meredith
    Mar 08, 2019
    A subtly beautiful story that celebrates life, loss, and, most significantly, love. ?I?m here to remember -- all that I have been and all that I will never be again.? One night in Meath, Ireland at a hotel 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan makes five toasts to five people. In d...
  • Brandice
    Apr 30, 2019
    When All Is Said is the story of 84 year old Maurice, who, one night in a hotel bar, makes a toast to five people who had an immeasurable impact on his life. The five people include: his brother, his sister-in-law, his daughter, his son, and his wife. Maurice is stubborn man, thoug...
  • Paromjit
    Dec 22, 2018
    This is an exceptional, undeniably Irish, debut from Anne Griffin, the prose is effortlessly engaging and it is simultaneously heartbreaking and life affirming as we get intimately acquainted with the life and times of 84 year old Maurice Hannigan. Hannigan has packed up his life, leav...
  • Kendall
    Aug 10, 2018
    Woo hoo!! Just got my copy... won this in a Goodreads giveaway! :) This never happens!! EEEEK with excitement. ...
  • Louise Wilson
    Dec 15, 2018
    At the bar in a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84 year old Maurice Hannigan. He's alone as usual. So pull up a chair and charge your glass, because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story. He will raise 5 toasts to the five people who have meant the most to him. Stories of j...
  • Katie B
    Oct 02, 2018
    This is a perfect example of a book I didn't want to end. I just fell in love with the main character to the point that by the end of the story I felt like he was an old friend. Maybe this book isn't going to be special for everyone, but I found it to be incredibly touching and brillia...
  • marilyn
    Nov 24, 2018
    Eighty four year old Maurice Hannigan is ready to say goodbye. All his affairs are in order, property sold, dog given to new owners, money in various accounts for various people, things given away, boxes packed with names of who gets the contents, everything done and sorted so he can e...