From the author of the critically acclaimed The Mermaids Singing comes a haunting, luminous novel set on an enchanted island off the west coast of Ireland where magic, faith, and superstition pervade the inhabitantsA?? lives and tangled relationshipsA??perfect for fans of Eowyn Ivey, Sarah Waters, and Angela Carter.
May 1959. From one side of St. BrigidA??s Island, the mountains of Connemara can be glimpsed on the distant mainland; from the other, the Atlantic stretches as far as the eye can see. This remote settlement, without electricity or even a harbor, has scarcely altered since its namesake saint set up a convent of stone huts centuries ago. Those who live there, including sisters Rose and Emer, are hardy and resourceful, dependent on the sea and each other for survival. Despite the islandA??s natural beauty, it is a place that people move away from, not toA??until an outspoken American, also named Brigid, arrives to claim her late uncleA??s cottage.
Brigid has come for more than an inheritance. SheA??s seeking a secret holy well thatA??s rumored to grant miracles. Emer, as scarred and wary as Rose is friendly and beautiful, has good reason to believe in inexplicable powers. Despite her own strange abilitiesA??or perhaps because of themA??Emer fears that she wonA??t be able to save her young son, Niall, from a growing threat. Yet Brigid has a gift too, even more remarkable than EmerA??s. As months pass and Brigid carves out a place on the island and in the sistersA?? lives, a complicated web of betrayal, fear, and desire culminates in one shocking night that will change the island, and its inhabitants, forever.
Steeped in Irish history and lore, The Stolen Child is a mesmerizing descent into old world beliefs, and a captivating exploration of desire, myth, motherhood, and love in all its forms.
A??Steeped in dark Irish mythology, The Stolen Child is a piercing exploration of regret and desire, longing and love. It is a gorgeously written, inventive, and compelling novel.A?A??Ayelet Waldman