The Woods

The Woods

by Seamus O'Connor


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Something-some sort of urgency-has taken hold of the four O'Neill girls following the death of their youngest sister.
These young, educated women from an upper-middle-class background are making choices that send their lives off in radically unconventional directions.
The novel follows the girls' careers and loves from the anything-goes artist's life of Paris in the 1920's to a Bolshevik revolt in a convent; from scandalous liaisons to hostile encounters with British troops.
The collision between personalities and values builds towards an inevitable explosion as each becomes more committed to her choices.
The story is set in post civil war Northern Ireland (1925)-a time when emotions are still raw and families are often divided by political allegiances. The O'Neill family is no exception.
The girls' father is a magistrate appointed by the English king while their mother- descendant of the local nobility-is an "out-and-outer" for the rebel cause.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781514837313
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/14/2017
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

The author-native of Northern Ireland-lives in southern California with his wife Diane, an artist and writer. The Woods is his second novel and draws on his family's experience of life in Northern Ireland in the years following the Irish Civil War (1920's). His previous novel, Bitter Oranges, is the fictionalized odyssey of a not-very-holy young Irish Catholic priest who finds himself in the fleshpots of California of the 1960's. For more information about Seamus and his life and writing (including more about his recently completed screenplay, The Resonant) go to

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