Solitary, nostalgic Liz Crane returns to her family’s now-deserted farmhouse to study the migratory habits of the Monarch butterfly. A rich family history – all the anecdotes and blarney of successful Irish immigrants – is now tainted with sadness. Her cousin Amanda, a gifted military strategist, has been killed in Afghanistan, a loss foreshadowed by the earlier disappearance of her charismatic father. Reflecting on the fragility and transcience of human life and relations – mirrored in the Monarchs’ restless flight – Liz finds that love is there to be found where you least expect it.
'Urquhart's prose is lovingly and skilfully constructed ... Her sparse plot dances and weaves like a butterfly' Sunday Business Post. * Sunday Business Post * 'Urquhart's writing is poetic, in the sense that it is beautifully compact and restrained when describing the most powerful emotions' The Times. * The Times * 'Emotional and atmospheric' The Lady. * Lady * 'Urquhart's style is reminiscent of that of the Pulitzer-winner Marilynne Robinson' Mary Morrissey, Irish Times. * Irish Times * 'A delicate work of rare beauty' Lucy Popescu, Independent. * Independent * 'Urquhart handles the layers of narrative with lyrical aplomb' Susan Elderkin, Financial Times. * Financial Times *
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