From the author of the acclaimed The Whitest Flower comes the story of an unforgettable heroine, Ellen Rua O’Malley. Widowed by Ireland’s Great Famine, she has fled her native land for Boston taking with her her two surviving children, Patrick and Mary, and the ‘silent girl’ rescued from the hordes of the dispossessed.
Boston in the 1850s is the hub of the universe: gateway to America’s temples of commerce and learning; liberal, sophisticated – the very best place in all of the New World for a woman to be. There, awaiting Ellen, are the stability of a new life and Lavelle, the man who loves her.
But Ellen, desperate to shake off the Old World, is driven by her own demons to put everything at risk. And Boston, on the brink of Civil War, seems only to mirror her own conflict, to sound the knell of her own battle for survival.
A powerful and compelling tale of lives and loves dislocated, The Element of Fire captures emotions as timeless as life. And love.
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Reviews for The Whitest Flower:
‘Irish history is like a gold seam for historical novelists. Occasionally a nugget is produced and Graham’s is one of those.’ Ireland on Sunday
‘This huge sweep of a novel will whisk you from Ireland to Australia and Canada.’ Woman’s RealmFrom the Back Cover:
Widowed by Ireland’s Great Famine, Ellen Rua O’Malley flees her native land for Boston and the New World: with her are her two surviving children, Patrick and Mary, and the ‘silent girl’ whom Ellen has found wandering among the hordes of the dispossessed.
In Boston awaits the man who loves her, Lavelle, and the hope and stability which she craves: but is shaking off the Old World, its customs, its language, the answer she believes it to be? Or is she destined to be caught between past and present, between two loves? When a man from her past reappers it seems that her own conflict can only lead to a fall from grace.
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