'And Christ comes with a January Flower." This is the last line of the poem Advent by Patrick Kavanagh. The January Flower by Orla Broderick gained its title, in part, from this poem. Kavanagh often referred to the hardships of life. In this poem he reminds us of children and of Love. He refers to the power of Nature and the cycles of life. Here is a debut novel of skilled poetic prose. Our narrator Mary has been cast as a Universal Mother with the weight of the world on her shoulders. She is any mother struggling with domesticity, the current economic climate and self-worth. She seeks love unaware that love is already a constant force in her life. Through the beauty of her island home she learns to grow in Nature. She learns that no matter what we endure love will always remain. No matter how hard our winters may seem, the humble flower, the snowdrop will bloom in January. Love is always inside us. We just have to find it.Reseña del editor:
Life and living can be hard. Our narrator, Mary, struggles to find her place in the world. She dances in Nature with her small daughter. She is on a quest to find her own truth. She must learn to focus on Light, on Love through all that life itself can fling upon her. Mary uses a man to escape the housing estate. She uses his Mother to learn meditation and shamanism. She uses his sister for sex. Yet, her focus is the child. She simply wants to be the best Mother she can be.
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