Enjoy this special two-for-the-price of-one centenary edition of this historical family murder mystery, After The Rising & Before The Fall.
Twenty years ago, Jo Devereux fled the small Irish village where she grew up, driven away by bitter secrets and division. Now she’s back, to uncover the truth.
What happened to her family during the Irish Civil War? Was her uncle really shot and killed by his best friend. If yes, why? And what effect did it all have on her relationship with Rory O’Donovan, her long lost love?
Over the course of a long hot summer, Jo reads letters and diaries bequeathed to her by her estranged mother full of astonishing truths about her grandmother and great-aunt, and their part in the war. And how the consequences of a cold-blooded murder still ricochet down through the generations.
Rory, mired in an unhappy marriage, is urging Jo to rebel again again. But reading their family histories has made her cautious. Jo knows from her own life how the passion of rebellion sweeps people up, makes them reckless, but what happens after the rising?
Facing the birth of her child, and single motherhood, Jo can’t afford to derail the careful life she has been trying to construct in San Francisco. Now she must face into the ultimate truths that lie under her mother’s and grandmother’s unshakeable silence, and her own guilt and shame at her heritage.
A haunting, heartbreaking saga of love and loss, secrets and lies, recovery and redemption.
Praise for this sweeping, multigenerational tale set in the 1920s and 1990s Ireland and 1980s San Francisco.
“The sort of massive book you could happily curl up with for the entire winter, an impressive canvas interweaving a contemporary story of love, emigration and loss with the complex world of civil war politics, emerging women’s rights and buried secrets… a captivating read.” —Irish Independent
“This expertly crafted novel is an important work in terms of Irish social history, but it will also be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates intelligent and profound family sagas that make the reader count his own blessings.” — Historical Novelists Society
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