Friday, 29 March 2013

Irish Fiction Month Debut Spotlight: Mary Grehan

As much as I love reading books by established authors, I also love discovering new authors so I'm delighted to be able to introduce you to Mary Grehan whose debut novel, Love is the Easy Bit is being published by Penguin Ireland on April 4th.

Mary Grehan studied ceramics at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and arts management at University College Dublin. She went on to become an arts manager and now specialises in the area of arts and health. Mary is Arts Director of the Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Ireland’s leading arts and health programme based at Waterford Regional Hospital.

Born in Dublin, Mary has travelled widely including south east Asia and south America. She lived in Kyoto, Japan, in the early 90s where she taught English and studied Japanese calligraphy. She now lives in Co. Waterford.

Love. It feels like a word from science class that you nod along to but don't really understand.'

For eleven years Sylvia Larkin has been a mother - and she knows, deep down, that she's no good at it. Seeing her husband's loving relationship with their daughter Kate, she believes she's simply been going through the motions. She feels disconnected, an outsider - a total fake.

When a former lover turns up, reminding her of the striking young artist she once was and the life she gave up, Sylvia is finally tipped into despair and nearly destroys her own world, and that of her family.

Coming so close to the edge, however, allows Sylvia to face the truth about who she was and who she is now. She realizes she must try to fix the family she's given up on. It is a journey of heartbreak, challenge and painful surprises. And for Sylvia, her husband and Kate it is one in which the destination will remain unknown until they get there . . .

If you'd like to know more about Mary and her book, why not visit her website or Facebook page.

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