‘Mothers and daughters are not so entirely different from lovers. Both have the capacity to destroy and both reconstruct once more.’
Nell Hennessy left rural Ireland at sixteen to have her daughter Ali. In over thirty years, she has never returned. Now she lives and uncluttered, elegant life in Paris, enjoying her independence, only broken from time to time by her married lover Henri.
Until a phone call shatters the peace of her carefully constructed world…Her daughter and granddaughter may be in grave danger and Nell can no longer avoid the inevitable. She must return to her childhood home. But what prevented Nell making that journey before? What really came between her mother and herself? And how has the unspoken impinged on the lives of four generations of women?
A poignant and gripping exploration of love, loss and the nature of memory itself, THE MEMORY STONES is a study of the intricacies of mother/ daughter relationships, observed wth razor-sharp precision and great tenderness.
‘A very skilled writer whose vivid prose has an elegant subtelty…delineated with a rare, and almost painfully strk, honesty’ Irish Times