When Ruby Clare's father was alive, they toiled together happily on their dairy farm in Northern Ireland. Since his death, Ruby—thirty-three, plump but comely—has been forced indoors and made a domestic drudge for Martha, her endlessly critical mother, and her prettier younger sisters, May and June.
But everything changes when Ruby finds her late grandmother's old case in the attic. Among its strange contents: a curious, handmade volume called The Book of Light.
As Ruby delves into its mysterious pages, she's enticed into a most beguiling world, whose allure and magnetic power she finds irresistible.
Martha, convinced that her newly empowered daughter is going crazy, enlists the help of the kindly parish priest, and then psychiatrist Henry Shevlin. Henry appears imperturbable, yet is inwardly reeling from his wife's unexplained disappearance the previous year.
As Ruby undergoes therapy, she meets local bachelor farmer Jamie McCloone. Through their shared loneliness and isolation the two find the courage to connect. But will Ruby's mother allow her daughter the happiness she so richly deserves?
The Godforsaken Daughter is an unforgettable peek into small-town life in Ireland's recent past. It's a glorious successor to McKenna's first two “Tailorstown” novels, The Misremembered Man and The Disenchanted Widow.
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About the Author
Christina McKenna grew up on a farm near the village of Draperstown in Northern Ireland. She attended the Belfast College of Art, where she obtained an honors degree in fine art and studied English in postgraduate studies at the University of Ulster. In 1986, she left Northern Ireland to work abroad. She has lived, worked, and painted pictures in Spain, Turkey, Italy, Ecuador, and Mexico.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Christina McKenna depicts Irish people as they really are; caring, strong, some a little more rough around the edges, and caught between the Nature of God and the religion of God. The Godforsaken Daughter is a mixture of two characters that are lost in very different ways; in ways we all have found ourselves lost. The daughter herself appears to have been Godforsaken as she tries to deal with the mother and sisters after the loss of her father, the only person in her home that loved her. The other character, a psychiatrist, was on a lovely life path to be abruptly pushed off. As in all "small towns or islands", lives converge in such odd ways. This book presents a very important message - the past is past and today is anew - along with how some have made anew happen. I have loved all of Christina McKenna's books despite how hard it is to suffer along side with the characters. You grow to cherish them; even excited to recognize them in other books. The Audible versions are excellent with the personality the accents give them.