Ghost Moth

Ghost Moth

by Michele Forbes

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Irish Book Awards Shortlist
Library Journal Best Indie Fiction of the Year
Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book Staff Pick
Concord Monitor/Concord Insider Book of the Week
Chatelaine magazine Book Club selection
Brooklyn Book Festival Best Debut Book

Ghost Moth is an impressive debut by a writer who is not afraid to address the so-called ordinary lives of real human beings.” —JOHN BANVILLE, Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea and Ancient Light

“Clever, unpredictable, beautifully written and crafted.” —RODDY DOYLE, Booker Prize-winning author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha and The Commitments

“[Forbes’] writing soaks up the world, and thrills to the beauty of it.” —ANNE ENRIGHT, Booker Prize-winning author of The Gathering and The Forgotten Waltz

During the hot Irish summer of 1969, tensions rise in Belfast where Katherine, a former actress, and George, a firefighter, struggle to keep buried secrets from destroying their marriage. As Catholic Republicans and Protestant Loyalists clash during the “Troubles” and Northern Ireland moves to the brink of civil war, the lines between private anguish and public outrage disintegrate. An exploration of memory, childhood, illicit love, and loss, Ghost Moth is an exceptional tale about a family—and a country—seeking freedom from ghosts of the past.

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Michèle Forbes is an award-winning theater, television, and film actress who has toured worldwide with The Great Hunger and Dancing at Lughnasa. She studied literature at Trinity College, Dublin and has worked as a literary reviewer for the Irish Times. Her short stories have received both the Bryan MacMahon and the Michael McLaverty Awards. She lives near Dalkey, Dublin with her husband and two children. Ghost Moth is her first novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934137604
Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press
Publication date: 04/16/2013
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author


Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Michèle Forbes is an award-winning theater, television, and film actress who has toured worldwide with The Great Hunger and Dancing at Lughnasa. She studied literature at Trinity College, Dublin and has worked as a literary reviewer for the Irish Times. Her short stories have received both the Bryan MacMahon and the Michael McLaverty Awards. She lives near Dalkey, Dublin with her husband and two children. Ghost Moth is her first novel.

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Ghost Moth is an impressive debut by a writer who is not afraid to address the so-called ordinary lives of real human beings. We shall be hearing a great deal more from Michèle Forbes.” —JOHN BANVILLE, Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea and Ancient Light

“Clever, unpredictable, beautifully written and crafted—Ghost Moth stayed with me for a long time after I’d finished reading the final, sad, wonderful page.” —RODDY DOYLE, Booker Prize-winning author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha and The Commitments

“This slow burning tale is both guileless and deeply—sometimes erotically— charged. The writing soaks up the world, and thrills to the beauty of it. Children, bees, milk, the sea, all are wonderfully rendered and alive on the page. Katherine Bedford—so ordinary and so passionate—is a heroine to treasure.” —ANNE ENRIGHT, Booker Prize-winning author of The Gathering and The Forgotten Waltz

“A haunting story about love, yearning and loss that never fails to surprise or move the reader. This is a most impressive debut from a supremely talented writer.” —CHRISTINE DWYER HICKEY, author of Last Train from Liguria and Tatty

“A commanding debut, packed with genuine characters, telling its story with powerful control. Ghost Moth is a beautiful book, by a wonderful writer.” —FRANK McGUINNESS, twice Tony Award-nominated playwright of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award-winning play Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ghost Moth by Michele Forbes When Michele write of a day at the beach, you feel the sand in your shorts, the tingle of sunburn and the thrill of open water. Her verbiage pours over your skin to make you feel you are there. Every scene is filled with the necessary details to put you in that moment. A time when an idyllic family is forced to deal with an Irish history that won’t stop repeating, and the daily lives of a family bearing secrets that are best kept unspoken. It is hard for me to understand such religious fervor, but I believed it was happening. As she spun out the tale from the earliest moments of confusing infatuations, she clearly lays out what survives as true love. It takes but a instant to be cradled in the loving arms of the Bedford family so every misstep, quirk and emotion affect the reader as if it were happening at the moment your eyes greedily scour the pages. This is a lovely, haunting story of survival.