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Brightest Day Darkest Night [Hardcover]

Brendan Graham

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Dec 15 2005
Three women… Two armies… One enduring love. Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, this is a powerful, sweeping novel which explores the themes of forgiveness and longing, and the changing role of women, set free by war from the protection of their men. Ellen Rua, together with her natural daughter Mary and adopted daughter Louisa, helps tend the wounds of the soldiers who have fallen in battle, having left her Irish homeland and the Great Famine behind her. In the killing fields of Virginia, she toils, not realising that her estranged son, Patrick and Lavelle, the husband she desperately seeks, are on opposing sides of the terrible conflict. A book, the Love Elegies of poet John Donne, holds the key to her search, as Patrick, Lavelle and her former lover, Stephen Joyce, likewise seek her out – and each other – with tragic repercussions.

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Trade; Library edition edition (Dec 15 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002259788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002259781
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,868,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR BRENDAN GRAHAM: 'Irish history is like a gold seam for historical novelists -- there to be mined. Occasionally a nuggest is produced and Graham's is one of those.' Ireland on Sunday 'The guy can write. Lyrical music. Musical prose.' Sunday Independent 'Posted for worldwide literary success. A gripping page-turner about one of the grossest stains on the British Empire.' Hotpress 'A remarkable and emotional odyssey which uses the great Irish famine and the subsequent diaspora as the subject matter for a novel of immense potency.' Irish Post 'This huge sweep of a novel will whisk you from Ireland to Australia and Canada.' Woman's Realm

About the Author

Born in County Tipperary in 1945, Brendan Graham ‘s debut novel ‘The Whitest Flower’ (Nov 1998), became a No.2 Bestseller in Ireland as well as attracting widespread international acclaim. Translated into a number of languages, it is also a required text at Boston’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the course ‘Women, Storytelling and Performance’.

His new novel ‘The Element of Fire’, a sequel to ‘The Whitest Flower’, was published in May 2001.

’She sang turned away from him, the notes curving along her spine, down her bare legs, singing themselves through the floorboards to where he lay.’

Brendan Graham ‘s songs have been recorded by a wide spectrum of artists. His most recent work an unaccompanied song in Irish, sung by ‘sean-nos’ singer Roisin Elsafty, was commissioned by the Irish Government for The National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, as part of the Ceol Reoite (Frozen Music) Millennial Project.

A former Irish Youth International at basketball and a recipient of the Lansing Bagnall Award for Business Studies in Western Australia, Brendan Graham returned to Ireland in 1973. He now lives in Dublin, where he is married with 5 daughters, and currently he is sometimes working on the third part of his trilogy for HarperCollins.

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