'By turns lyrical and angry, this short passionate novel forensically examines one of the most painful traumas of Ireland’s recent past and makes something altogether strange and lovely from it.' - Sunday Independent
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Gerda McAllister’s life is turned upside down when she is contacted by a mysterious caller, who claims to have information about the location of the bodies of her murdered loved ones, who are among the ‘Disappeared’.
With her Dubliner boyfriend, and what remains of her family, she begins to piece together the truth. As the picture becomes clearer, though, revelations threaten to come out that will change all of their lives. Haunted by the killings, Gerda is forced to decide – will she try to leave the past behind her, or should she try to confront the truth and discover where they lie?
‘It is a timeless story of loss, grief and tribal loyalties…[Mary O’Donnell] is a beautiful observer of the minutiae of social distinction…The story moves with pace and tension…Where They Lie is beautifully plotted…it is the exploration of difference – between North and South, between different shades of cultural conformism – that remains with the reader.’ – Irish Independent
‘Where They Lie ‘faces the legacy of the Disappeared head on, exploring how families cope with tragedy and how history, when ignored, can poison everything..’ – Belfast Telegraph
‘By turns lyrical and angry, this short passionate novel forensically examines one of the most painful traumas of Ireland’s recent past and makes something altogether strange and lovely from it.’ – Sunday Independent
About the Author:
Mary O’Donnell is the author of three previous novels, including the best-selling The Light-Makers, two collections of short stories, including Storm Over Belfast with New Island and six collections of poetry. She is a member of Aosdana and lives in Kildare.
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