Small-town Irish romance with a gothic tinge

Small-town Irish romance with a gothic tinge

It’s only in the novel’s eventful second half that one comes to appreciate Rebecca O’Connor’s precision, her ability to condense a series of tragedies and life-altering moments into a deceptively simple narrative

FICTION: He Is Mine And I Have No Other, By Rebecca O’Connor, Canongate, €14.95

The debut novel from Irish poet Rebecca O’Connor, He Is Mine And I Have No Other tells the story of Lani, a teenager living in the small-town Ireland of the 1990s, and Leon, a boy she notices one day walking in the cemetery near her home. It’s a romance tinged with gothic shades, and backgrounded by the real-life story...

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