Lisa Carey, The Stolen Child

Lisa Carey, The Stolen Child, February 15th
Event: Lisa Carey, The Stolen Child
When: Wednesday, February 15, 7:00 pm
Where: The Odyssey Bookshop
St. Brigid’s Island is a secluded community off the west coast of Ireland; a world steeped in tradition, ripe with familial love and deceit, and brimming with magic. This is the atmospheric and enchanted setting for The Stolen Child, by award-winning author Lisa Carey. Set in 1959, the story follows twenty-three year old twins, Rose and Emer, who, though they are married to brothers, could not be more different. Rose, fulfilled by her position as a wife and mother, embraces island life and is adored within the community. The caustic Emer, trapped in a loveless marriage, is cursed with hands that harm those she touches. Though curt with everyone except her beloved son, Niall, Emer craves the warmth her sister attracts.
When Brigid, a striking American stranger with her own mystical power, arrives to reclaim her deceased uncle’s abandoned cottage, the sheltered community is suspicious of her motives. Initially ostracized for her differences by everyone but Emer, Brigid sparks a friendship with this prickly woman. Their relationship secretly deepens into a heated and tumultuous love affair, threatened by the fear of discovery, wounds from the past, and clashing desires. Filled with the imaginativeness of The Snow Child and the sensuality of The Paying Guests, The Stolen Child is as unusual as it is evocative.
The supernatural imbues every page of the story—St. Brigid’s Island itself becomes a character: beautiful but changeable, bright sunshine one moment and lashing rain the next, a safe haven for its inhabitants but also their prison. As winter approaches and the community hunkers down, largely trapped on the island until the sea calms in the spring, the uncanny begins to happen. A deadly storm appears out of nowhere. Brigid, infertile since a hysterectomy, becomes pregnant. Someone—or something—else seems to peer through Niall’s eyes. Emer grows frantic, sensing a growing threat to her son’s life. The fantastic events culminate in one shocking night that will change the island, and its inhabitants, forever.

Lisa Carey grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts. She attended Boston College; later, while working on her MFA in Writing from Vermont College, she worked as a bookseller at Brookline Booksmith. Afterwards she spent five years living in Ireland. She’s written four novels including her debut, the critically-acclaimed The Mermaids Singing and Every Visible Thing, which won a Lambda Literary Award for Fiction. She has been awarded fellowships at The Hawthornden Castle Writer’s Retreat, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, The MacDowell Colony, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Ragdale. She lives in Portland, Maine, with her husband and son, and returns to Ireland whenever she can.
Event date: 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Odyssey Bookshop
9 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
The Stolen Child Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062492180
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 7th, 2017

Every Visible Thing (P.S.) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060937423
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 7th, 2007

The Mermaids Singing Cover Image
ISBN: 9780380815593
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Published: William Morrow & Company - November 6th, 2001