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When Ruby Clare’s father was alive, they happily toiled together on their small dairy farm in Northern Ireland. Since his death seven months ago, Ruby—thirty-three years old, plain, and plump—has become a veritable drudge for Martha, her endlessly critical mother. Then comes the day when Ruby finds her late grandmother’s old suitcase in the attic. Among its strange contents: a slim, handmade volume called The Book of Light.
McKenna delves into the subject matter of deep dark secrets, faith, grief, redemption and love with plenty of enthusiasm.
We meet three varying characters dealing with loss as their paths intersect. Each backstory differing yet parallel in the end.
Set in Ireland circa 1980’s, you are privy to snapshots of landscape along with the culture, and political strife. A small farming hamlet is depicted as well as city life. Religious differences are referenced. You have a strong sense of community in this quaint little town nestled a distance from the city.
The narrative is bursting, however, McKenna manages it well. Essentially three threads are introduced as well as their players seamlessly. Their converging becomes clearer as the story progresses. With diversity throughout the triple threads I felt it was rather clever and added texture.
All the characters are well drawn, you know of their vibrant personalities and idiosyncrasies. Ruby tugs at your heart, you hope she stands up for herself and when she shows promise you’ll be cheering her on. The magnitude of her grief is felt and you are affected by her tremendous loss. Jamie is sweet and you hope he sets himself on track again. Paddy and Rose are nothing less than charming.
As you turn the pages familiarizing yourself with characters and their trials you find yourself absorbed. Quite a moving story, it’s subtle packing a powerful punch. Rather unique, lacking predictability, as it pulls together you will find yourself captivated. A wonderful story touching on family, love, faith and learning to move forward, dealing with loss.
About Christina McKenna
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.
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