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The Island Child - Molly Aitken

The Island Child - Molly Aitken

Title: The Island Child

Signed first edition, first printing

Author:  Molly Aitken

ISBN:  9781786898333

Weight:  813 g



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The Island Child by Molly Aitken

A rich, haunting and deeply moving novel about the power and the danger in a mother’s love, from one of the most exciting new voices in Irish fiction.

Twenty years ago, Oona left the island of Inis for the very first time.  A wind-blasted rock of fishing boats and turf fires, where girls stayed in their homes until they became mothers themselves, the island was a gift for some, a prison for others.  Oona was barely more than a girl, but promised herself she would leave the tall tales behind and never return.

The Island Child tells two stories: of the girl who grew up watching births and betrayals, storms and secrets, and of the adult Oona, desperate to find a second chance, only to discover she can never completely escape.  As the strands of Oona’s life come together, in blood and marriage and motherhood, she must accept the price we pay when we love what is never truly ours…

Rooted in Irish folklore, The Island Child is a spellbinding debut novel about identity and motherhood, freedom and fate, and the healing power of stories.

Peer & Press Reviews

I read The Island Child in a day, and I know I’ll be coming back to it.  It reads like a dream. Written in quietly sorcerous prose, this novel combines the uncluttered abstraction of a fable with the odd calamitous detail.  Like the casts of fairy stories, Aitken’s characters can stand for as much as you want them to – but they’re also fully realised individuals who come to you through peeks and glances, so that without being able to pinpoint how it happened, you know them, and feel you always have.  This is a thrillingly original debut, and I can’t wait to see what Aitken does next.

Naoise Dolan author of Exciting Times

Aitken stitches together many themes – folk legend, family saga, love story, coming of age tale.  The result is the sort of book you want to sink into a hot bath with and not emerge until it’s finished.

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan author of Starling Days

It’s a rare pleasure to come across quite such an accomplished novel as The Island Child.  This is a work positively brimming with pathos and emotion, articulated in truly exquisite prose.  Oona is a captivating narrator.  She’s alive on the page.

Nathan Filer author of The Shock of the Fall

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title The Island Child
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher Canongate Books
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9781786898333
ISBN 10 1786898330
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 306
Size (h x w x d) 223 x 143 x 31mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Christy Ku
Jacket design Rafaela Romaya

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