Fate And Tomorrow
By Rose Doyle
For fans of intelligent historical fiction: the Anita Shreve/Sarah Waters market.
Nessa O'Grady, only daughter of an old, landowning Catholic family, is set to marry her childhood sweetheart when her father commits suicide; the wedding is off and the family thrown into turmoil. Seeing that her native land holds no future for her, Nessa accepts a proposal from Thomas Cooper, a wealthy adventurer from the Congo Free State, and travels with him to Africa. There she finds her new husband is a brute - not only to her, but to the Congolese and, sickened, she flees under the protection of black American journalist David Addison. As he is married, she returns, pregnant, to her native Ireland, divorces Cooper and decides to go to America, where she feels her half-caste daughter will have a better life. We last see them as they are about to board the Titanic ...
Rose Doyle is a Dublin-based journalist who has written six previous novels for adults and three for children.
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24 Nov 2011
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Hodder & Stoughton
Rose Doyle once more brings Irish history to life . . . Unsentimental and gripping, this one is a page-turner — Irish Times
A poignant look at Irish history, grippingly written [and] enjoyable. — Irish World (UK)
A great, pacey, diverting read . . . a strong sense of place and Nessa is a sympathetic character . . . a well-written, thought-provoking, enjoyable book. — Marian Keyes, Irish Times
Makes compelling reading. — Ireland on Sunday
A sweeping epic . . . A gripping piece of historical fiction. — Sunday Tribune, Dublin
A real page-turner . . . It's a well written and a good summer read with characters to love and hate. — Evening Herald
Powerful and intense novel — Historical Novels Review