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Death and Nightingales: A Novel

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Publisher Comments:

It is 1883 and the farms of County Fermanagh, on the border of Ulster and what we now know as the Republic of Ireland, are crisscrossed with religious, political, and generational tensions. Through the events of a single day in the life of Elizabeth Winters, we see decades of pain, betrayal, and resentment build to a devastating climax.

Against the fearsome beauty of the Fermanagh landscape, the fate of McCabe's heroine, Beth, slowly and suspensefully unfolds. Born to a Catholic mother and an unknown Catholic father, conceived shortly before her mother's marriage to Protestant Billy Winters, Beth has lived a life of silent suffering since her mother's death. Determined to decide her own fate but doomed to repeat the tragic circumstances of her birth, McCabe illuminates her quiet, searing power with the tenderness of a poet, offering up a powerful, lyrical indictment of the tensions that tear families and nations apart.

Review:

"[A] haunting novel of love and deception set in rural 19th-century Ireland....Brilliant, richly conceived, and perfectly narrated with the suspense of a good thriller." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

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"McCabe has written a heartbreaking modern fable." New Yorker

Review:

"It is the relationship between father and daughter, charged with a bitterly affectionate love and shared cleverness, that drives this novel, a fine book that rarely blinks at the bitter truths of life, loss and war." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"A deeply moving, powerful and unforgettable book." Michael Ondaatje

Review:

"McCabe...is a splendid writer....[B]oth in exquisite lyrical description and in his masterly handling of dialogue McCabe demonstrates a mellow, seasoned power." The Atlantic Monthly

Review:

"McCabe is a master of spare and beautiful language." The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"As well-paced as a good thriller, Death and Nightingales also achieves everything we expect of a literary novel." The Chicago Tribune

Review:

"Heartbreakingly lyrical....To read Death and Nightingales is to be convinced and to be thankful that this powerful and darkly beautiful novel has been restored and reborn and (we can only hope) will not be forgotten again." Francine Prose, O: The Oprah Magazine

Synopsis:

Determined to decide her own fate but doomed to repeat the tragic circumstances of her birth, McCabe illuminates heroine Elizabeth Winters's quiet, searing power with the tenderness of a poet, offering up a powerful, lyrical indictment of the tensions that tear families and nations apart. A Book Sense 76 Pick.

About the Author

Eugene McCabe was born in Glasgow in 1930. His work includes Heritage and Other Stories and Victims, a short novel which won the Holtby Award from the Royal Society of Literature (1976).

Product Details

ISBN:
9781582342788
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Subject:
General
Author:
McCabe, Eugene
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Northern Ireland
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
February 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
221
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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Death and Nightingales: A Novel
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Product details 221 pages Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - English 9781582342788 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] haunting novel of love and deception set in rural 19th-century Ireland....Brilliant, richly conceived, and perfectly narrated with the suspense of a good thriller."
"Review" by , "McCabe has written a heartbreaking modern fable."
"Review" by , "It is the relationship between father and daughter, charged with a bitterly affectionate love and shared cleverness, that drives this novel, a fine book that rarely blinks at the bitter truths of life, loss and war."
"Review" by , "A deeply moving, powerful and unforgettable book."
"Review" by , "McCabe...is a splendid writer....[B]oth in exquisite lyrical description and in his masterly handling of dialogue McCabe demonstrates a mellow, seasoned power."
"Review" by , "McCabe is a master of spare and beautiful language."
"Review" by , "As well-paced as a good thriller, Death and Nightingales also achieves everything we expect of a literary novel."
"Review" by , "Heartbreakingly lyrical....To read Death and Nightingales is to be convinced and to be thankful that this powerful and darkly beautiful novel has been restored and reborn and (we can only hope) will not be forgotten again."
"Synopsis" by , Determined to decide her own fate but doomed to repeat the tragic circumstances of her birth, McCabe illuminates heroine Elizabeth Winters's quiet, searing power with the tenderness of a poet, offering up a powerful, lyrical indictment of the tensions that tear families and nations apart. A Book Sense 76 Pick.
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