Monday February 17, 2020

Ambitious era-straddling novel suffers from an uneven hand

A River in the Trees alternates between the story of Hannah O’Donovan, a 19-year-old living in west Cork during the War of Independence, and Ellen, a 38-year-old living in modern-day London who has returned to Ireland with her life quietly falling apart

24th February, 2019
Jacqueline O’Mahony: author brings history to life

Fiction: A River in the Trees, By Jacqueline O’Mahony, Riverrun, €19.55

A River in the Trees alternates between the story of Hannah O’Donovan, a 19-year-old living in west Cork during the War of Independence, and Ellen, a 38-year-old living in modern-day London who has returned to Ireland with her life quietly falling apart. A distant husband, an even more distant mother, four miscarriages and one stillborn child have left Ellen a...

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