Solace of the Road

Solace of the Road Holly s story will leave a lasting impression on all who travel with her Memories of mum are the only thing that make Holly Hogan happy She hates her foster family with their too nice ways and their f
  • Title: Solace of the Road
  • Author: Siobhan Dowd
  • ISBN: 9780375849718
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Solace of the Road
    Holly s story will leave a lasting impression on all who travel with her.Memories of mum are the only thing that make Holly Hogan happy She hates her foster family with their too nice ways and their false sympathy And she hates her life, her stupid school, and the way everyone is always on at her Then she finds the wig, and everything changes Wearing the long, flowingHolly s story will leave a lasting impression on all who travel with her.Memories of mum are the only thing that make Holly Hogan happy She hates her foster family with their too nice ways and their false sympathy And she hates her life, her stupid school, and the way everyone is always on at her Then she finds the wig, and everything changes Wearing the long, flowing blond locks she feels transformed She s not Holly any, she s Solace the girl with the slinkster walk and the supersharp talk She s older, confident the kind of girl who can walk right out of her humdrum life, hitch to Ireland, and find her mum The kind of girl who can face the world head on So begins a bittersweet and sometimes hilarious journey as Solace swaggers and Holly tiptoes across England and through memory, discovering her true self and unlocking the secrets of her past.
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  • Siobhan Dowd

    Siobhan Dowd was born to Irish parents and brought up in London She spent much of her youth visiting the family cottage in Aglish, County Waterford and later the family home in Wicklow Town.She attended a Catholic grammar school in south London and then gained a degree in Classics at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University After a short stint in publishing, she joined the writer s organization PEN, initially as a researcher for its Writers in Prison Committee She went on to be Program Director of PEN American Center s Freedom to Write Committee in New York City Her work here included founding and leading the Rushdie Defense Committee USA and traveling to Indonesia and Guatemala to investigate local human rights conditions for writers During her seven year spell in New York, Siobhan was named one of the top 100 Irish Americans by Irish America Magazine and AerLingus, for her global anti censorship work On her return to the UK, Siobhan co founded English PEN s readers and writers programme, which takes authors into schools in socially deprived areas, as well as prisons, young offender s institutions and community projects During 2004, Siobhan served as Deputy Commissioner for Children s Rights in Oxfordshire, working with local government to ensure that statutory services affecting children s lives conform with UN protocols Siobhan has an MA with Distinction in Gender and Ethnic Studies at Greenwich University, has authored short stories, columns and articles, and edited two anthologies In May 2007, Siobhan was named one of 25 authors of the future by Waterstones Books as part of the latter s 25th anniversary celebrations Siobhan died on 21st August 2007 aged 47 She had been receiving treatment for advanced breast cancer for 3 years, and did not go gentle into that good night.


  • 3 1 2 starsThis book is beautifully written, emotionally honest, and kept me riveted through many hot, humid, should have been unbearable walks I loved so many things about it and I would recommend it in a heartbeat Unfortunately I think this is just one of those cases of it s not you, it s me This is a very quiet, understated story that is nonetheless powerful Holly is a care babe raised in the foster care system in England ever since she and her mam got separated when she was very young and he [...]

  • Your name s made out of cloud, Holly Initial Final Page Thoughts.Ms Dowd s books sure do play havoc on my body clock 3am 3AM High Points.Holly S lace Blonde wigs Thule Fiona Vegan truckers Grace Trim Rosabel Slim slam glamour girls Mogits The Titanic Walking out into a night sky, thumb out and fag in hand Ferries Wales Curry and chips Araf The kind of days that pull you out to play Nameless boys on motorbikes Miracles Scenic routes Baby Guiness Strawberry birthday cake Girls who are strictly sun [...]

  • 4.5 stars I was in the middle of a field in Wales with a storm growling in the sky and the cops after me And all I had to help was a thieving glamour girl who only existed inside my own cracked head Having seen many fall into clich d or melodramatic territory, I tend to be wary of books with plotlines that centre around a character taking a literal journey of self discovery The usual formula teen has issues, teen hits road, teen has quirky interludes, teen has epiphany all set to a very hip soun [...]

  • Cross posted with my tumblr.Have you ever wondered what would happen if all the YA heroes and heroines got together to discuss the times they saved the world JaceClary We stopped our dad from starting a demon apocalypse and then got together EdwardBella We stopped a vampire war after we made a demon baby parasite BethanyXavier We tripled the visits to our local church Everyone else blank stare Dude, that is so lame Seriously, our reality has been put in danger so many times that I m surprised no [...]

  • Now, when I was researching possible books for my travel month I say month, but I realise this month is over running somewhat Let s pretend no one else has noticed , I soon cottoned onto the fact that finding a comprehensive list of YA travel fiction was going to be a pretty tough task But I do not give up easily, oh no I managed to track down a list of road trip themed YA on close enough , but was slightly disappointed to find most of these were set in the good old US of A Not that I have a pro [...]

  • Solace of the Road is not a plot heavy book It s a character driven story where the reader uncovers the history of 14 year old Holly Hogan It starts when Holly receives a foster placement after living most of her life in a care home She doesn t really want a new home or new parents, and she constantly complains about her foster parents Fiona and Ray All she wants is to go back home to Ireland and the mother she left behind.During an argument between Fiona and Ray, something snaps in Holly Armed [...]

  • 3.5 5And I was Solace Solace of the road, walking into a night sky, thumb out and fag in hand There s both a literal and figurative journey in this one for a girl who takes on a personality so different from her own Holly, her story is sad but not completely tragic Sad because she s in foster care and does all these stupid things, but not completely tragic because not once does she get bogged down by what she doesn t have She s always looking forward and thinking about how to get where she needs [...]

  • Solace of the Road was an o.k read It wasn t one that drew me in, cover to cover, in one sitting.I wonder if Siobhan wrote this based on someone she knew I think it is hard to capture and write a fiction novel on a kid in foster care, if you haven t exactly had a similar experience Like, I can see what she was trying to do, but it wasn t quite there.Anyway, I wasn t sure if Siobhan wanted us to think Solace was a bad ass, or if Solace wanted us to view her as a bad ass if that makes sense I gues [...]

  • This review was originally published at Fluttering ButterfliesOh man Solace of the Road by Siobhan Dowd was such an emotional roller coaster Why has it taken me so long to pick up another book by this amazing author Siobhan Dowd writes so beautifully and with such emotion I am in awe of her and also hugely saddened that she is no longer with us Last year I read A Swift Pure Cry and almost didn t have the words to describe the feelings that I felt when reading and because of that, I put off writi [...]

  • Honestly, I m not sure how to approach this review I m sad because, to my knowledge, this is Siobhan Dowd s last book Both Bog Child and Solace of the Road have been published posthumously, and I feel that although I still have a few books of hers to read that were published prior to these two, I am already internally mourning over the loss of such a great writer.Dowd seems always able to find the perfect balance between telling the character s story in an engaging way and bringing the reader in [...]

  • Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka Readingjunky for TeensReadTooLife has not been exactly fair to Holly She has grown up in a series of group and foster homes surrounded by social workers who say they care, but it certainly doesn t feel like they do.As the story begins, Holly is headed toward a new home A childless couple arranges for a few test visits and then decide they are willing to offer Holly a place in their lives It should be the answer to Holly s dream, but her sights are set on finding her [...]

  • Holly Hogan is nearly 15 years old and fed up with her life After spending years in care she is now living with foster parents who she assumes don t really care for her.When she finds a blond wig she hides it and on the day before her 15th birthday she puts on the wig, applies some lipstick and runs away.She s transformed herself into Solace, a 17 year old beauty with slim slam hips who knows what she wants and has the courage to go and get it As Solace, Holly is determined to make her way from [...]

  • This was the first book I read of Siobhan s, and as soon as I finished it all I could think was I HAVE TO READ MORE But then I found out that she d died of cancer, and had only written four books, and I was sad She was a true writing talent, and Solace is one of my all time favourite books.I love Holly Hogan Even though self described bad girls in books get on my wick pretty quickly, you could see Holly s vulnerability and true kind heartedness a mile away All she wanted was to get back to Irela [...]

  • This posthumously published novel of a British author is a tale framed by the event of 15 year old Holly being locked in the car of a couple she doesn t know who are making the crossing of the Irish Sea from Wales to Ireland Why and how she is in that car and on that ferry and trying to make that journey is what the book is about She wants to find her Irish mother, lost to her for almost ten years in the scuffle of a domestic dispute with a good for nothing boyfriend The journey away from her ki [...]

  • I bought this book because I d always wanted to read some Siobhan Dowd and the fact that any proceeds go to a charity to provide disadvantaged children with books also encouraged me to buy it.Holly has been in care for a while and finally gets a new placement The problem is she still can t stop thinking about her mum and finding her So she decides to run away and name herself Solace.This book started slow at first but became engaging Holly was a very interesting and well drawn character and I r [...]

  • I was really looking forward to this book I really liked the premise and I thought it would be something I could enjoy I wasn t that impressed with it, though I just couldn t bring myself to like Holly which made it hard to like the book in general She really didn t come across as a nice person and I found it hard to sympathize with her I could understand somewhat her reasons for the thoughts she had but it didn t make me find her interesting Some parts of the book did make me a laugh a bit but [...]

  • Holly woont in een pleeggezin bij Fiona en Ray Het is al het zoveelste pleeggezin waarin ze terechtkomt en eigenlijk is ze er nu wel klaar mee Dan wil ze liever bij haar beste vrienden, Grace en Trim blijven, die nog in Templeton House wonen Ze wil niet in een gezin met vreemde HOZA s Want dat is waarmee de wereld vol zit volgens Holly, met Hopeloze Oude Zakken Maar wat Holly het allerliefste wil, is terug naar Ierland Naar haar moeder.Lees de hele recensie opilsetenhave.wordpress 2014

  • This book is a wonderful, vividly written window into the life of a girl in care that s also an ode to Oxford and a beautiful road trip novel about the kindness of strangers Absolutely fantastic start to finish Please note this review is meant as a recommendation only Please do not use it in any marketing material, online or in print, without asking permission from me first Thank you

  • The character just didn t capture me There was no emotional investment What, oh, she s going to screw up her life, well too bad, la de da.Hmmm, come to think of it, this may say about MY state of mind than the author s ability to write

  • Solace of the Road by Siobhan Down is an intriguing book centered around 14 year old Holly Hogan and her journey to find her mam Holly is a child who grew up in a home for children who did not have parents Her entire life she has grown up with key workers and social workers She has felt that she was removed from her mam at a young age against her wishes and hates living with social workers When she is placed with a foster family, her rebel life allows her to feel out of place and she does not fe [...]

  • Avevo alte aspettative su questo libro e soprattutto sulla sua scrittrice Purtroppo non mi piaciuto e ho fatto molta fatica a finirlo Lo stile narrativo di un ottimo livello e la lettura nel complesso scorrevole eppure sono sincera, non mi piaciuto.Se dovessi descriverlo con un aggettivo sarebbe ruvido.Il problema principale per me Crystal Questa quattordicenne protagonista del romanzo e voce narrante molto immatura, sciocca, irriconoscente E davvero un personaggio difficile da accettare Forse s [...]

  • I had to return the book on June 13 because I was going to my daughter s graduation and then to visit my mom for 2 weeks Requested the book from the library and picked it up on7 14.Dowd was such a gifted writer I am sad that there are no books to be written by her.Holly is a teen in the foster system She gets placed in a home with Fiona and Ray The book starts when Holly is running away The story is told in flashback style Holly is trying to go to Ireland to reunite with her mum We find out abo [...]

  • Devastating exploration of a young vulnerable foster girl Solace s thoughts and actions ping pong back and forth in an excellent reinvention of the fight or flight brain activity of a child that grows up in a dangerous environment While this book is not a page turner per se, we do learn important things about Solace as the story develops and I knew I was going to stick with it because I had to find out what would happen to this young girl.

  • Reminded me a bit of Ginny Moon A great story of a child in the foster system deciding which path her life should take.

  • Solace of the Road is the second novel I ve read by Irish author, Siobhan Dowd In telling the story of a foster kid, Dowd in many way ways treads on familiar ground At the same time, Dowd has incorporated enough twists to make this a memorable story She has also created an original character, for whom we deeply feel.Fourteen year old Holly is in foster care Daily she thinks of running away Miles away in Ireland is her mom, the perfect guardian Through no fault of either of them, the two got sepa [...]

  • Solace of the Road is a bitter sweet story about Holly Hogan, a fourteen year old girl who has been living in a residential care home She has locked away much of her past in her mind and has a very childlike fantastist way of interpreting the world Many of the things that Holly thinks she wants are false and an illusion It is her dream of finding her mother and returning to Ireland that spurs her to adopt the role of Solace Whereas Holly is a girl who is restrained by her life as a care babe, So [...]

  • Siobhan Dowd is one of my new favorite authors London Eye Mystery and Bog Child Sadly, her death from breast cancer limits what is available to read by her I still need to read A Swift Pure Cry Solace of the Road is a dark, sad, complex book for patient readers As with her other books, patience yields great rewards In Solace of the Road, 14 year old Holly Hogan is a part of the foster care system At the beginning of the book, she is in a group home and has been offered a placement into the home [...]

  • Originally posted on my blog,How I see it reviews Sometimes, as a reader, I just randomly pick up a book by an author I have never heard about before, and it is so good that the experience of reading it is life changing Solace of the Road was one of those books, and I am incredibly saddened by the fact that Siobhan Dowd will never write a single word again, no masterpieces written by her I will be able to look forward to in the future.Holly Hogan is forced to go into foster care by the governme [...]

  • The story begins in London and centers on the struggles of Holly Hogan, a fifteen year old foster child Holly s tired of residential care homes, foster homes, and social workers She forges a plan to reconnect with her Irish mother and runs away from what seems to be a final placement for her a safe, wonderful foster home While on the run, she meets many people and makes several risky decisions The story contains humor, stress, and sadness The pain of foster kids and their desires to relive what [...]

  • Solace is a runner She has one last chance to stay out of Templeton House, the last stop for foster kids She has finally been placed with a loving couple Can she make things work or will she once again hit the road And what is she really running from

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