In the blink of an eye, in a busy Brazilian marketplace, a small boy disappears without a trace. His mother’s free-living existence, traveling South America with her lover and son, comes to a sudden, brutal end. Two years later, broken from searching for her missing son, Nacio, and desolate at her lover’s departure, Lara returns to her childhood home on the southwest coast of Ireland. As she struggles to come to terms with her loss, Lara once again befriends Christy, her childhood sweetheart, who finds himself increasingly drawn to her bohemian nature. But what starts as an interest in her past grows into an obsession. As Lara tries to piece her life back together, never losing hope for Nacio, Christy begins to fall apart. This is a tale of passion and betrayal, of the consequences of searching for love in all the wrong places, and of a heartbroken mother’s unswerving conviction that her child will be returned to her even when all hope seems to be gone.
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Karen Gillece is the author of Seven Nights in Zaragoza.Review:
'It is a glorious read, confirming Gillece as a fine literary writer. Gillece has a wonderful way with words, and an ability to sum up a character in a sentence. Gillece is skilful at showing the intricacies of relationships that have gone wrong. I simply adored this novel, and was immersed in it, totally, from the start until the final pages ... I was intrigued with all her flawed, yet fascinating characters. They stayed in my mind long after I had finished reading. Books Ireland 'Evidence that this is a talented author expanding her range and reach' Irish Examiner Weekender 'This second novel confirms the promise of Gillece's debut ... she is no one hit wonder. She is improving with time and for once the publisher's prediction that readers will "anxiously await her next offering" doesn't ring hollow. Irish Independent Praise for Seven Nights in Zaragoza Gillece writes vividly, capturing the essence of ordinary lives turned upside down by unavoidable dilemmas...highly impressive and assured writing Evening Herald Gillece handles her subject with delicacy and insight...its hard to beileve such an assured offering is a debut Books Ireland Wonderfully sensitive...rises head and shoulder above most Irish novels of recent years Irish Independent 'Evidence that this is a talented author expanding her range and reach' Irish Examiner Weekender
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