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It is 1883 and against the fearsome beauty of the Fermanagh landscape, the fate of Beth Winters slowly unfolds. Beth is determined to decide her own destiny yet seems doomed to repeat the tragic mistakes of her family. Throught the events of the day of her 25th birthday, decades of pain and betrayal finally build to a devastating climax. In this powerful and gripping novel McCabe creates a lyrical indictment of the tensions that tear both families and nations apart.
Eugene McCabe was born in Glasgow in 1930. His novel Death and Nightingales, published in 1992, was described by Michael Ondaatje as 'a deeply moving, powerful, and unforgettable book'; John Banville said that it 'should put Eugene McCabe in the first rank of contemporary Irish novelists', and Colm Toibin called it 'clearly one of the great Irish masterpieces of the century'. Eugene McCabe lives in Co. Monaghan.