Love and loss in a time of tumult

Ghost Moth by Michèle Forbes. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, €16.35. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

21st September, 2013
Michèle Forbes: her new book is full of gloriously real domestic scenes.

Ghost Moth opens with an encounter between a woman and a seal. Katherine Bedford is swimming in the sea when the creature appears up close, transfixing her. Her husband, George, pulls her to safety, but he hasn't noticed the seal.

This tension between what is seen and unseen recurs throughout Michèle Forbes's debut novel. As well as the tangible realities of family life - the washing, clutter and tears - Forbes is interested in things...

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