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This month we’re showcasing The Gravity of Love by Noëlle Harrison so do read on for more info.
Praise for The Gravity of Love
‘This book is so rich in love, loss, secrets and betrayals – it has everything’ – Sinead Moriarty
‘From the arid desert of 1980s arizona to swinging 60s London, Noëlle Harrison connects her beautifully drawn characters and weaves them into a story that entangled, enchanted and entranced this reader. Bravo!’ – Liz Nugent
‘From big sky arizona to an ireland of ‘corners and clouds’, Harrison leads us on a hypnotic dance across the decades. a vivid, gripping tale of family secrets and lost love’ – Sandra Ireland
In love, there’s no such thing as coincidence …
Scottsville, Arizona, 1989 In small-town America, Joy Sheldon loves the plants that bloom in the desert but longs too for the sea’s elemental wildness. It’s a dream never realised – and now, facing the brutal truth that her husband is a cheat, Joy learns of unimaginable secrets in her early life. Driven by betrayal and loss, a chance encounter with the enigmatic Lewis, Joy embarks on a journey to seek her true identity – and to discover why the sea pulls so strongly at her heart.
Soho, London, 1967 Lewis Bell, abandoned by his mother and responsible for his wayward sister, is now living the dream. An ambitious young graphic designer, he’s aiming for the big time – if only he can keep his creative spark. His talented girlfriend Marnie adds pressures of her own and, as Lewis’s troubles intensify, sixties London fast shows its darker side.
Ballycastle, Ireland, Easter, 1989 Unexpectedly drawn together, Joy and Lewis fly across the Atlantic to the Irish coast. She’s in search of a lost mother; he’s looking for a lost love. They need to make peace with the past, with themselves and others. But the truths they encounter and connections they create will transform everyone’s lives forever.
Print Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Black & White Publishing
About the author
Noëlle Harrison is the author of Beatrice, A Small Part of Me, I Remember, The Adulteress and The Secret Loves of Julia Caesar. Her Valentina trilogy was published under the name Evie Blake. Noëlle’s work has been translated into more than a dozen languages, and has featured on Der Speigel’s Bestseller List. Noëlle featured in the National Gallery of Ireland anthology and exhibition Lines of Vision, Irish Writers on Art. She has lived and worked in Ireland, London, Norway and now Scotland, where she is completing a creative writing Masters at Edinburgh Napier University.
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