Can we ever remake the past that made us?
When Jo Devereux returns to Ireland from San Francisco, after an absence of 20 years, the last person she expects to meet at her mother’s funeral is Rory O’Donovan. The bitter conflict between her family and his, its secrets and silences, poisoned Jo’s childhood and their passionate teenage love affair.
Now Jo’s back and embarked on a quest bequeathed by her mother and uncovering astonishing truths about grandmother and aunt’s role in the conflict known as “The War of The Brothers”, the Irish Civil War of 1922.
And also about a killing with consequences that have ricocheted through four generations of Jo and Rory’s families. He, mired in an unhappy marriage, is urging Jo to rebel again. Has their time come round or are the messages Jo’s receiving from the past telling them something else? Will her exhumation of the past provide the answers she so desperately needs?
AFTER THE RISING was Orna Ross’s debut novel, originally published by Penguin as Lover’s Hollow. An instant bestseller and universally acclaimed, it has now been reissued by the author.
SAMPLE REVIEW: SUNDAY INDEPENDENT: “One is immersed in this epic story immediately and effortlessly… The main characters are so well-drawn that you feel you have heard about them in your own life. The novel’s strength is that it puts culpable, fragile flesh and blood – lots of blood – on a defining moment in Irish history… Of particular delight are the many unexpected twists and turns. When you think you’ve figured out the secrets, you may have got it all wrong. Orna Ross has written a highly ambitious, engaging and evocative novel and a hauntingly captivating read.”