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"An elegiac story of loss and valediction" (The Guardian), set amid the stunning Irish landscape

Sue Hubbard, whose peerless and enduring voice combines the emotional intensity of John Banville and the lyrical evocation of Anne Enright, delivers in Rainsongs an affecting story of transformation. Newly widowed, Martha Cassidy has returned to a remote cottage in a nearly abandoned village on the west coast of Ireland. There, she reflects on another loss in her life: that of her ten-year-old son, Bruno, who met an untimely death twenty years earlier. Alone on the windswept headland, surrounded by miles of cold sea, she feels the past closing in. As the days unfold, Martha searches for a way forward beyond grief, but finds herself drawn into a standoff between the successful hotel developer Eugene Riordan and an elderly local hill farmer Paddy O'Connell. As the crisis between these men escalates and Paddy suspiciously ends up in the hospital, Martha encounters Colm, a talented but much younger musician and poet - roughly the same age that Bruno would have been if he'd lived. Caught between her history and future, and that of a rapidly changing Ireland, Martha is beset with choices that will alter her life forever.

Rainsongs conjures the rugged beauty of the remote Irish coastline and the inner landscapes of its characters in richly poetic language, moving effortlessly between the lives of people and the life of the terrain, between the forces that shape character and those that shape the world. It unfolds as a compelling tale of grief, art, and the fragile, quiet ways in which time and place can offer a measure of redemption

Genre: Literary Fiction    

Praise for this book

"A beautifully-written and evocative novel about grief and greed, art and life, isolation and emotion." - Amanda Craig

"A compelling story, freighted with heartbreak and loss." - Shena Mackay

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Hardback Editions

September 2018 : USA Hardback

Title: Rainsongs: A Novel
Author(s): Sue Hubbard
ISBN: 1-4683-1663-X / 978-1-4683-1663-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: The Overlook Press
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Paperback Editions

January 2018 : UK Paperback

Title: Rainsongs
Author(s): Sue Hubbard
ISBN: 0-7156-5285-0 / 978-0-7156-5285-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
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November 2017 : UK Paperback

Title: Rainsongs
Author(s): Sue Hubbard
ISBN: 1-910836-73-7 / 978-1-910836-73-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Cinnamon Press
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Kindle Editions

January 2018 : UK Kindle edition

Title: Rainsongs
Author(s): Sue Hubbard
Publisher: Duckworth Overlook
Availability: Amazon UK