There is an island off the west coast of Ireland called Inis Muruchthe Island of the Mermaidsa world where myth is more powerful than truth, where the sea sings with the healing and haunting voices of women, and where death is never as strong as the redemptive power of family and love. It is here that Lisa Carey sets her lyrical and sensual first novel, weaving together the voices and lives of three generations of Irish-American women.
Years ago, Clionastrong, proud, and practicalsailed for Boston, determined to one day come home. But when the time came to return to Inis Muruch, her daughter Gracefierce, beautiful, and brazenly sexualresented her mother's isolated, unfamiliar world. Though entranced by the sea and its healing powers, Grace became desperate to escape the confines of the island, one day stealing away with her small daughter Grainne.
Now Grainne, motherless at fifteen after Grace's death from breast canceris about to be taken back across the ocean by Cliona, repeating the journey her mother was forced to make years before. She goes to meet a father she has never known, her heart pulled between a life where she no longer belongs to a family she cannot remember. On the rocky shores of Inis Muruch, she waits for her father, and begins to discover her own sexual indentity even as she struggles to understand the forces that have torn her family apart.
In her first novel, Lisa Carey has crafted voices so real and passionate that they resonate within the listener long after the last words are heard.
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"Went between 3 and 4 stars on this one. I liked the Irishness of it [lived there for a few years in the 80s] and I like Carey's writting prose & style. There was a lot of angst in it tho- I guess some lives really do have that much drama... A couple of times I wanted to smack the character for her nastiness toward her mother. I can't imagine saying some of those things to my own mom-- ever. But it was a good read, so I'll pass it on to my sisters [and thank sister Barb for giving it to me for my flight home last week]."
Jean (4 out of 5 stars)