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Author: Christina McKenna Narrator: Sue Pitkin Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9781501228490
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When Ruby Clare's father was alive, they toiled together happily on their dairy farm in Northern Ireland. Since his death, Ruby—thirty-three, plump but comely—has been forced indoors and made a domestic drudge for Martha, her endlessly critical mother, and her prettier younger sisters, May and June.

But everything changes when Ruby finds her late grandmother's old case in the attic. Among its strange contents: a curious, handmade volume called The Book of Light.

As Ruby delves into its mysterious pages, she's enticed into a most beguiling world, whose allure and magnetic power she finds irresistible.

Martha, convinced that her newly empowered daughter is going crazy, enlists the help of the kindly parish priest, and then psychiatrist Henry Shevlin. Henry appears imperturbable, yet is inwardly reeling from his wife's unexplained disappearance the previous year.

As Ruby undergoes therapy, she meets local bachelor farmer Jamie McCloone. Through their shared loneliness and isolation the two find the courage to connect. But will Ruby's mother allow her daughter the happiness she so richly deserves?

The Godforsaken Daughter is an unforgettable peek into small-town life in Ireland's recent past. It's a glorious successor to McKenna's first two “Tailorstown” novels, The Misremembered Man and The Disenchanted Widow.

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About the Author

Christina McKenna is a graduate of Belfast College of Art, where she earned an honors degree in fine art. She later earned a postgraduate degree in English from the University of Ulster. An accomplished painter and novelist, McKenna has exhibited her art internationally and has taught art and English for years. She is the author of the highly praised memoir My Mother Wore a Yellow Dress, as well as several other books. She currently lives in Northern Ireland with her husband, author David M. Kiely, with whom she collaborates on occasion.

About the Narrator

Sue Pitkin began her performing life as a moonbeam in a British Forces pantomime in Northern Germany, attracted as much by the treat of ginger ale in the dressing room and time off school as by the fun of the performance. These days her performances are mostly limited to audiobooks and her whiskey education program, pursuits which she has found complement each other perfectly.