'My first visions of the universe are indelibly imprinted in my head . . . The sky was alive and vibrating, bringing out the explorer in me. I thought of all the answers out there waiting to meet my questions. Whenever the idea of a collective consciousness came my way, this is where I imagined it to live, among the stars.'
When Jean's daughter Sugar Pea is born, everything is changed. For Sugar Pea becomes her life, her love, her whole sense of being, and when the doctors, her neighbours, her family, try to tell her that something is wrong, Jean refuses to believe them. Her comfort is to retreat into a world of her own, that includes her disabled daughter, the stars, and the patterns of life that surrounds them. For Jean, it is a question of dealing with the cards that she has been dealt, and making some order of them. But when her interior world begins to fall apart, it seems that life itself is in danger of collapsing.
Melissa Diem was born and raised in the US and moved to Ireland in her early teens. She is the mother of three daughters, is a sculptor, and now lives in Dublin. Changeling is her first novel.