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Does she hail from a matriarchal lineage of madwomen? Or an ancestry of female power and purpose?
Norah’s life and novelist career are thriving and her once solitary existence is opening to a newfound love, but her enduring desire for a deep connection with her often dismissive mother, Úla, still feels elusive. After the mysterious disappearance of her grandmother, Norah finds a peculiar box while sorting the contents of her Nana’s old barn. This recovery turns Norah’s life into a whirlwind of discovery. Secrets and revelations pour forth from a mysterious family diary that details the intricately connected stories and lines of her foremothers.
Falling under the spell of the Irish Seannachí (storytellers), Norah must ignore the laws of logic as she journey’s into the ancient traditions and long-hidden ways of knowing. Through the process Úla unravels the puzzle of her own tumultuous maternal relationship as she and Norah work to repair theirs.
When Úla unexpectedly finds herself ar death’s door, Norah must risk testing ancient ceremonial traditions for new world solutions to save her mother.
“As you journey into Mary Murphy’s new tale, you may just hear a faint cry of a fiddle on the sea wind. She weaves a tale with the same love and magic that generations of Seannachie (storytellers) used to cast spells over their hushed listeners.”
— Will Millar, founder of The Irish Rovers, Canada
“…altogether engrossing. I was immediately transported to the crackling warmth of an Irish hearth fire and to the timeless stories one always finds there.”
— Potpourri Book Club, Corpus Christi, USA
“…enchanting and filled with dreams. It is Mary’s way with words and charming turn of phrase that captivates the reader and compels us to turn the pages.”
— Literary Review, Ireland
Original inside illustration – A Gift of Words – by Fiona Van Housen. New 4th edition images created with the help of Midjourney AI image generation technology.
Page count: 354
Word count: 94,594
Price: $24.95 CAD (+tax/shipping as applicable)
Formats: Paperback, eBook (Audio Book & Hardcover coming soon!)