Ghost Moth

Ghost Moth

Book - 2013
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Irish Book Awards Shortlist
Library Journal Best Indie Fiction of the Year
Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book Staff Pick
Concord Monitor/Concord Insider Book of the Week
Chatelaine magazine Book Club selection
Brooklyn Book Festival Best Debut Book

" Ghost Moth is an impressive debut by a writer who is not afraid to address the so-called ordinary lives of real human beings." -- JOHN BANVILLE , Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea and Ancient Light

"Clever, unpredictable, beautifully written and crafted." -- RODDY DOYLE , Booker Prize-winning author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha and The Commitments

"[Forbes'] writing soaks up the world, and thrills to the beauty of it." -- ANNE ENRIGHT , Booker Prize-winning author of The Gathering and The Forgotten Waltz

During the hot Irish summer of 1969, tensions rise in Belfast where Katherine, a former actress, and George, a firefighter, struggle to keep buried secrets from destroying their marriage. As Catholic Republicans and Protestant Loyalists clash during the "Troubles" and Northern Ireland moves to the brink of civil war, the lines between private anguish and public outrage disintegrate. An exploration of memory, childhood, illicit love, and loss, Ghost Moth is an exceptional tale about a family--and a country--seeking freedom from ghosts of the past.

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Michèle Forbes is an award-winning theater, television, and film actress who has toured worldwide with The Great Hunger and Dancing at Lughnasa . She studied literature at Trinity College, Dublin and has worked as a literary reviewer for the Irish Times . Her short stories have received both the Bryan MacMahon and the Michael McLaverty Awards. She lives near Dalkey, Dublin with her husband and two children. Ghost Moth is her first novel.
Publisher: New York : Bellevue Literary Press, 2013.
ISBN: 9781934137604
Branch Call Number: FOR
Characteristics: 240 pages


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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

A succinct and resonating novel that felt more like a collection of short stories than a novel. Fans of language-driven stories will likely find Ghost Moth appealing.

Dec 10, 2015

The contrast between Belfast of 1949 and 1969 is interesting, but overall the author played too much on the reader's emotions.

Jun 14, 2015

This was a beautifully written book, with characters that came to life with their personalities and human flaws. They are not perfect, but one comes to care deeply about them. The plot had surprising twists, some quite shocking, but still believable. I loved this book, and it will stay with me a long time, especially its poignant ending.

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