It is 1959 in Wicklow, Ireland, and Annie and her cousin Sarah are living and working together to keep Sarah’s small farm running. Suddenly, Annie’s young niece and nephew are left in their care.
Unprepared for the chaos that the two children inevitably bring, but nervously excited nonetheless, Annie finds the interruption of her normal life and her last chance at happiness complicated further by the attention being paid to Sarah by a local man with his eye on the farm.
A summer of adventure, pain, delight, and, ultimately, epiphany unfolds for both the children and their caretakers in this poignant and exquisitely told story of innocence, loss, and reconciliation.
“Annie’s passionate observations and shifting moods-rendered in dense prose that’s close to poetry-fuel this fine novel.” —The New York Times Book Review
“A subtle but powerful novel of a spinster’s life in the Irish countryside rises to great emotional heights…this is a deliciously poetic book.” —The Washington Post