This Is How
by M. J. Hyland
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Patrick Oxtoby, the narrator of This Is How, M. J. Hyland’s third novel, does not appear to have a hopeful future. Although his life started out well—he fulfilled his mother’s ambition by being the first in the family to attend college—he reveals himself within the first few pages to be unfit for society.
Patrick has a strong sense of how he should behave toward others, but he’s often simply struck dumb. “I should say