In her old family home Constance waits, finding solace only in the company of Bridie, the young girl from the convent who understands her need for independence and for solitude. Constance also waits for the father of her child to come, and to arrange things on her own terms.
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It is difficult to convey the marvellous quality of this book. Constance Keating is a major fictional portrait, her death finally noble (Martyn Goff Daily Telegraph)
The ending brings more than a lump to the throat. It is magnificent ( Daily Express)
She is a skilful writer, using short flashbacks... in such a way that each page widens the picture. You start with a solitary woman, dying alone; you finish with a past, a history, great tenderness and no sentimentality (Caroline Moorhead Spectator)
A most distinguished novel ( Irish Press)
'It is difficult to convey the marvellous quality of this book. Constance Keating is a major fictional portrait, her death finally noble' Daily Telegraph
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Book Description Flamingo. Paperback. Book Condition: New. UNUSED, VERY GOOD, NOT EX-LIBRARY, ISBN: 0006541291, 176 pages. Constance Keating has lived a life of exile alienated from her family and from Ireland, and now she has returned home to die. While that process takes place, she replays the fragments of her past. And, as the Christmas tree awaits its day, so she also waits, hoping that the outcome will be on her terms. book. Bookseller Inventory # 781