When he unexpectedly loses his job, Herbie struggles to find new meaning. His wife, the great love of his life, has long left him for a Southerner, and his daughter has fled Belfast for London in search of work and an easier life.
But a local cafe under new ownership, a friend in need and an unexpected spark of romance give Herbie something to wake up for.
From the author of Gull and Backstop Land, Where Are We Now? is a novel about lost love, growing older and the realities of life in a society still haunted by decades of violence. By turns moving and funny, topical and sharp, it is a life-affirming story of a life not yet over.
Glenn Patterson was born and lives in Belfast. He has written a number of acclaimed novels including Fat Lad, The International, The Mill for Grinding Old People Young and Gull and he co-wrote the screenplay of the film Good Vibrations, based on the Belfast music scene of the 1970s. He is Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen's University.