By Beth Lordan

For thirty-some years, Lyle has made a existence for his kin operating as an accountant. but if he retires, his Irish-born spouse, Mary, desires to go away the US and move domestic -- the place the sea is close to and the butter has style. a little grudgingly, Lyle consents, yet in the course of their years in Galway, they become aware of that the surprises of lifestyles will not be over. Going house is extra complex than butter and the bay, and thirty content material years doesn't suggest couple is resistant to romantic intrigue. during this new existence, whereas Mary and Lyle are rediscovering one another and development a richer existence jointly, an unforeseen occasion forces Lyle to make a decision the place his domestic actually is. advised in "quiet tales with feelings like previous stepping-stones that experience sunk underneath the skin" (Christian technology Monitor), Beth Lordan's evocative and heartfelt novel explores the complicated emotional terrain of mature marital relationships.

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She walked, not thinking, her hands in her coat pockets, the wind at her scarf, and then there she was, stepping from the sand onto the long, tangled grass of Mutton Island. Her feet were wet despite the newspaper’s promises. The sky hung gray. The grass of Mutton Island lay like the enormous locks of some giant woman’s uncombed hair. Mary felt it beneath her feet as hummocks, springy lumps and tangled dips, and paid attention so she wouldn’t trip. She walked as the others did, following the walls and the shadows of paths worn in the old days by the feet of the long-dead lighthouse keeper and his wife and their children and animals, and she came as the others did through the ungated opening into the lighthouse garden.

It’s good bread, isn’t it? I get it from An Caca Milis, on Abbeygate. They do all the whole-grain natural things there, 33 B e t h L o r d a n breads and cakes and biscuits. They sell at the market, too— will I take you to the market tomorrow? ” “It sounds great,” he said. “She’s got plans for you,” Lyle said. “That’s how she is. Tomorrow the market, Sunday the walk to Mutton Island. ” He looked over at the plate of biscuits. ” he said. “There is,” Mary said. ” and then corrected herself, “Cookies they are—it’s a word I’ve trouble remembering to change from America, even with my own boys.

Lyle exploded. ” he shouted, his face gone wild red. ” “Well—” “And the men who broke their backs making the Famine roads—and then watched their children scatter to the four winds—” Now Gilbert was loud, too, “I’m not saying—” But Lyle was louder, leaning at him now, shaking his finger at him. “You are! —by starving them to 42 B u t C o m e Y e B a c k death, boy! Don’t stop now! ” Mother of God. “I don’t even know what a super is,” Gilbert yelled. “Converts,” Mary heard herself say, nearly whisper.

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