by Jane Urquhart - £8.99 Quercus Publishing Plc (MacLehose Press) (2013)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780857386397 | ISBN 10: 0857386395
Solitary, nostalgic Liz Crane returns to her family’s now-deserted farmhouse to study the migratory habits of the Monarch butterfly.
A rich family history – all the anecdotes and blarney of successful Irish immigrants – is now tainted with sadness. Her cousin Amanda, a gifted military strategist, has been killed in Afghanistan, a loss foreshadowed by the earlier disappearance of her charismatic father.
Reflecting on the fragility and transcience of human life and relations – mirrored in the Monarchs’ restless flight – Liz finds that love is there to be found where you least expect it.
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