VOICES ON THE WIND
“O lost and by the wind grieved, ghost come back again.” -- Thomas Wolfe
When Mary and her mother Kathleen journey to Ireland for a summer holiday, they discover not only an ancestral bond, but magic, myth and, for Mary, a deeply personal connection to the land and its people.
Based on factual events that are stranger than any fiction, intertwined with legends of supernatural beings, VOICES ON THE WIND begins in modern-day Ireland, then propels the reader back in time to the greatest national calamity in Irish history, the infamous famine of the 1840’s.
Through Mary’s physical journey, the reader is transported into a deeper journey of interconnected stories which follow the lives of: a 14-year-old girl and her family at death’s door; an old fisherman and his strange encounter at sea; a starving woman’s battle with insanity; a young girl’s immigrant journey aboard a coffin ship; the haunting love story of two strangers trapped together and many others.
Ultimately, each person is transformed by the unfolding tragedy, as well as the mythical beings who come to assist or impede them.
Returning to the present, we see that Mary, like Ireland, is changed forever.
Advance praise for Voices on the Wind:
“Voices on the Wind is an entirely engrossing, lyrical, original, and moving novel. Set in the Irish famine, the characters are so real you can almost reach back through time and touch them. They move in their own world, yet so close to the reader we can feel their breath. The thirteen chapters, each which centers on different but somehow related characters, tell the story backwards over a few years, beginning and ending with the same little girl. The terror of the famine crosses constantly into the mystical; creatures of myth (selkies, leprechauns) float in and out of the characters’ lives as naturally as neighbors, sometimes bringing good, sometimes harm, sometimes nothing more than a neighbor might bring. . . .
Eroticism, myth, the Catholic faith, beloved animals, and the stricken land all blend with the enormous kindliness, humor and endurance of the people. In the end it is a redemptive book, and in that the author has created a kind of miracle.”
-- Stephanie Cowell, author of
Nicholas Cooke: Actor, Soldier, Physician, Priest
The Physician of London
The Players: A novel of the young Shakespeare