Reviews

  • I devoured this, falling in love with the setting and with every character - and when I reached the end, I wept. It is just glorious. A sweeping family safe and, at the same time, a close-up on the everyday beautiful details that make up love

    Emma Flint, author of Little Deaths
  • An extremely moving read. Handles the complexities of love, grief, family life and mental illness with sensitivity and depth. A truly gorgeous novel.

    Ali Land, author of Good Me, Bad Me
  • So wonderful on the Irish family and the utter complexity of motherhood, family entanglement and love

    Elaine Feeney, poet and author of As You Were
  • A powerful and poignant narrative told over a lifetime; exploring unconditional love, heartbreak and the beautiful flaws of human nature set within a family unit. (Cullen) is an astute and empathic writer and an incredible voice in Irish literature. You'll fall in love with the Moone family and they will linger in your heart long after you read the final pages

    Cat Hogan, author of They All Fall Down and There Was A Crooked Man
  • Beautifully-observed [...] charts a family across 37 years, living through a tragedy on a remote island; portraying mental health and the fall-out around it with enormous humanity and integrity. Tonally reminiscent of recent Colm Tóibín

    Caoilinn Hughes, author of Orchid and The Wasp
  • A beautiful novel - Helen Cullen writes with such deft care and attention about the things that hold us together when everything falls apart

    Rónán Hession, author of Leonard and Hungry Paul
  • Such a tender read. Astute and compassionate, it made me cry. It's full of love. And it's quietly magnificent

    Tor Udall, author of A Thousand Paper Birds
  • A perfect combination of deeply-felt tragedy with great hopefulness

    Anne Youngson, author of Meet Me at the Museum
  • A remarkable book

    Joy Rhoades, author of The Woolgrower’s Companion
  • A superb second novel that goes to places you mightn't expect but which ultimately end up making a great deal of sense. It touches on a lot thematically and doesn't ever suggest that any one life path can be a cure for severe mental illness and it does some things that... are very pleasing indeed. I had a LOT OF FEELINGS

    Claire Hennessy, author and editor of Banshee Journal