* a perfectly structured psychological love story* a drama of family and Irish history unfold on the brink of WWI*This novel perfectly captures the mood and landscape of a corner of Ireland' Edna O'Brien
It is 1939, the last summer before the outbreak of war. French actress Angele Maury abandons a group of friends travelling through Ireland and takes herself to picturesque Drumaninch, birthplace of her dead father. She has come to make sense of her past. Self-conscious with her pale, exotic beauty, Angele braves the idiosyncratic world of the Kernahans: her enigmatic aunt Hannah, her ridiculous but loveable uncle Corney and her three cousins - Martin, charming, intense; Tom, devoted to his mother, and their bright sister Jo, who combines religious faith with a penchant for gambling.
But is there some mystery surrounding the past? History threatens to repeat itself as Angele finds herself seduced by the beauty of Ireland, and by the love of two men...First published in 1943, The Last of the Summer is a perfectly structured psychological love story.
Rush out for the works of Kate O'Brien. You are in for a treat - Val Hennessy
This family tale mirrors the history of a country that can never evade its own past - The TIMES