Author(s): Belinda McKeon
Mark Casey has left home, the rural community where his family has farmed for generations, to study for a doctorate in Dublin, a vibrant, contemporary city full of possibility. To his father, Tom, who needs help baling the hay and ploughing the fields, Mark's pursuit isn't work at all and indeed he finds himself whiling away his time with pubs and parties. His is a life without focus or responsibility, until he meets Joanne Lynch, a trainee solicitor whom he finds irresistible. Joanne too has a past to escape and for a brief time they share the chaos and rapture of a new love affair, until the lightning strike of tragedy changes everything. Belinda McKeon is a startling new talent in the great Irish mould, and Solace is a work to be admired equally for its spare, intense lyricism as for its range, understanding, and deeply compassionate portrayal of life as it is lived now.
"'Solace is a novel of quiet power, filled with moments of carefully-told truth... Belinda McKeon demonstrates a real wisdom in this book which will appeal to readers both young and old' - Colm Toibin"
Belinda McKeon, an award-winning playwright and journalist, and worked as an arts writer for the Irish Times. McKeon has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia and lives in Brooklyn.