Death and Nightingales

Death and Nightingales

A Novel

Book - 2002 | 1st U.S. ed.
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It is 1883 and the farms of County Fermanagh, on the border of Ulster and what we now know as the Republic of Ireland, are crisscrossed with religious, political, and generational tensions. Through the events of a single day in the life of Elizabeth Winters, we see decades of pain, betrayal, and resentment build to a devastating climax.

Against the fearsome beauty of the Fermanagh landscape, the fate of McCabe's heroine, Beth, slowly and suspensefully unfolds. Born to a Catholic mother and an unknown Catholic father, conceived shortly before her mother's marriage to Protestant Billy Winters, Beth has lived a life of silent suffering since her mother's death. Determined to decide her own fate but doomed to repeat the tragic circumstances of her birth, McCabe illuminates her quiet, searing power with the tenderness of a poet, offering up a powerful, lyrical indictment of the tensions that tear families and nations apart.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2002.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781582342375
Branch Call Number: FIC MCCABE
Characteristics: 229 p. ; 22 cm.


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Sep 16, 2012

McCabe is an Irish playwright and author. In this novel, the main theme is Protestant-Catholic tensions in Northern Ireland which are revealed through a young woman's story. However, the way in which her character is portrayed make her actions incomprehensible until her true nature is unconvincingly revealed at the book's climax. Although the message is clear, the characters are manipulated in inconsistent ways to make the point.


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