When Jo Devereux returns to Ireland for her mother’s funeral, the last person she expects to meet there is Rory O’Donovan.
The secrets and silences between Jo’s family and Rory’s was the one constant of their childhood — and erupted into bitter conflict when they fell in love.
Now, 20 years on, Jo is back in village where they both grew up and he’s urging her to stay on.
To her own surprise, she’s tempted. Is it because her life in San Francisco is such a disaster since her friend Richard died? Because she wants to rekindle the relationship with her mother gone? Or because she wants to know the truth about the past?
Soon Jo is uncovering astonishing truths about her mother and grandmother and women’s role in the conflict known as “The War of The Brothers”. And about a killing with consequences that have ricocheted through four generations.
Rory, mired in an unhappy marriage, is urging her to rebel again — but reading their family histories has made Jo cautious. Rebellion has an energy that sweeps people up but what happens after the rising?
Jo is about to find out.
After the Rising is a compelling literary mystery. It is the first novel in The Irish Trilogy.
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.”