A River in the Trees
By Jacqueline O'Mahony
A fierce and gripping novel about families, secrets and the impossibility of ever coming home
One hundred years of secrets.
A sweeping novel of love, loss, family and history for readers who love Maggie O'Farrell, John Boyne and Donal Ryan
'Thrilling, thoughtful, passionate' Daily Mail
'Beautiful, unsentimental, intelligent' The Times
Ireland is about to be torn apart by the War of Independence.
Hannah O'Donovan helps her father hide rebel soldiers in the attic, putting her family in great danger from the British soldiers who roam the countryside. An immediate connection between Hannah and O'Riada, the leader of this hidden band of rebels, will change her life and that of her family forever . . .
Ellen is at a crossroads: her marriage is in trouble, her career is over and she's grieving the loss of a baby. After years in London, she decides to come home to Ireland to face the things she's tried so hard to escape. Reaching into the past, she feels a connection to her ancestor, the mysterious Hannah O'Donovan. But why won't anyone in her family talk about Hannah? And how can this journey help Ellen put her life back together?
'A gripping novel about two women, their desires and frustrations, about the wars they find themselves fighting . . . a thrill to discover' Belinda McKeon
'A fierce, beautifully written story' Louise O'Neill
Jacqueline O'Mahony is from, Cork, Ireland. She did her BA in Ireland, her MA at the University of Bologna, and her PhD in History as a Fulbright Scholar at Duke University, and at Boston College. She has worked as a writer, editor and stylist at Tatler, Vogue and the Irish Independent.
She lives in Notting Hill with her husband and three young children.
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10 Jan 2019
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Excellent . . . O'Mahony's writing is beautiful and this unsentimental, intelligent book is highly recommended. — Antonia Senior, The Times
A thrilling, thoughtful, passionate novel full of rich Irish atmosphere — Wendy Holden, Daily Mail
A gripping tale of families and secrets — Candis Magazine
Hannah and Ellen, the two protagonists, are separated by a century but linked by ancestry, history and secrets — Irish Examiner
A mighty read — Irish Tatler
A story about family secrets and lies regarding the War of Independence and one mysterious woman's involvement — Sunday Independent