A classic novel of Ulster life by one of the twentieth centrury's greatest writers.
Sarah Gomartin, the servant girl on Andrew Echlin’s farm, bears a child to one of Andrew’s sons. But which one?
Her steadfast refusal over many years to ‘bend and contrive things’ by choosing one of the brothers reverberates through the puritan Ulster community to which she belongs, alienating clergy and neighbours, hastening her mother’s death and casting a cold shadow on the lives of her children.
‘A Hardyesque story of a tragedy of passion on the shores of Strangford Lough … perhaps the best novel about Northern Irish life which has yet appeared’
‘a quiet, compassionate story’
New York Times
‘invested with a disquieting and sullen beauty’
Saturday Review of Literature
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