Excellent modern fairy tales entitled "The Mothers" by Nollaig Frost is published
Online PR News – 14-August-2021 – London – ISBN #?978-1800314634
New Generation publishes a thoughtful and provocative story of maternal guilt and a modern fairy tale entitled “The Mothers” by Nollaig Frost
About the Book:
The reappearance of Mariela Fairman’s husband, seven years after he mysteriously vanished, launches her into a tortuous whirlpool of love, guilt, hope and loss. Living on the south west coast of Ireland in a dilapidated manor house that is both a retreat and a prison, struggling to raise her cold and rejecting son, and caring for a man who is confused and dangerous, Mariela fights to make sense of who she is. As her life intertwines with those of two other women, both with their own secrets, she learns how, and crucially, where, to look for meaning, even if it challenges her to accept the existence of a world beyond the human one she knows.
“The Mothers” is a thoughtful and provocative story of maternal guilt, a modern fairy tale that asks what we think we know and how we understand what happens to us. It follows one woman’s quest for survival as her dreams disintegrate and she is thrust into an existence that sets life against death, reality against fantasy, and motherhood against selfhood.
“Deliciously melancholy storytelling.”
“A great build-up of mysteries to unpack as the story continues.”
“The language and imagery used in this piece are wonderful, a joy to read”
- Judges’ feedback, Jericho Writers Friday Night Live Competition 2020
Excerpt from the Book:
“I hold my breath, try to still my shaking limbs, wait for answers. Conor is smiling now but with eyes that remain blank and faraway, and I know that he is not here, not with me. Still I wait, hoping, afraid to move, scared to risk dispelling the air of possibility. When his words come, they startle me.
‘It was the best night of my life.’
I breathe out through my nose, shoulders falling, trying not to let my confusion show in the squeeze of my hand. I am so hoping for more but to ask for it is terrifying. He is smiling as silence drops with the suddenness of a tropical rain shower, and his eyes close. Today will not be the day that I learn where he has been for the past seven years.
As I sit trying to still my mind, the crow that had taken up residence in the tree outside since Conor’s return mocks me, laughs at my fruitless wait, caws at me with disdain before flapping its ragged wings to fly in search of its companions. Crows began to roost in the trees lining the driveway when Conor returned, sentry-like, squawking whenever I leave the house. Harbingers of bad luck or goddesses of fortune, depending on who you listen to, their harsh cries send shivers through me every time they herald me leaving the house, so that I hasten out of their sight.
Leaving the bedroom on tiptoes, I turn for one last look at Conor, and to check that the crow is not watching me.”
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