The Road End, a novel by Margot McCuaig

This paragraph was published a while back on the Paragraph Planet website. It is important to me because it captures the very moment two key characters from my second novel are born, on the page and in the story. It says so much about the people they are set to become in The Road End.

Here I am… Twenty minutes after the birth of his sister Rathlin, Barra was thrust into his new world. When the forceps withdrew their grip on a neck thinner than the bark of a sprouting acorn Barra flopped lifelessly onto the bed, his mother pulling her legs towards her chin, pushing her back against the oak headboard engrained with voyages of other lives, her sticky hair clinging to its story like the branches of that big old tree.

So what’s the novel about? Well, here you go…

The Road End, is an intense triangular relationship between 26 year old Rathlin, her twin brother Breacán and his girlfriend Ellen. Ellen is also their aunt by marriage.  She is threatening to sell the twins’ beloved family home of Ballynoe, bequeathed to her by their uncle, if Breacán doesn’t reveal their relationship to his sister.

Rathlin has her own secrets, she has kept the birth and death of her baby daughter Isabella from her brother. Grieving the loss of child she also struggles with the gnawing pain of their parents’ death. Skye and Joe died when the twins were 12 years old and Rathlin, Breacán and Ellen are all keeping secrets from one another about the events that led to the accident. One of them is responsible for the act that killed them.

The twins’ powerful bond is shattered by grief and lies and finally tragedy when a fatal accident alters Rathlin and Ellen’s lives irrevocably. A contemporary Sunset Song, set in Scotland and Ireland, this is a story embedded in the landscape, of a love and legacy destroyed by family inheritance and the enduring grief of parental loss.

It’s currently out looking for a home while I get on with novel three. That doesn’t have a title yet, but it does have a story…

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