Moïra Fowley-Doyle is half-French, half-Irish and lives in Dublin where she writes magic realism, reads tarot cards and raises witch babies.
Unflinching and gorgeously written, this feminist novel is important, timely, and a compulsive read. From the highly acclaimed author of the beloved The Accident Season comes an epic breakout novel examining the very topical and controversial issue of women’s sexual and reproductive rights, which has never been higher on the public’s radar.
When Deena’s wild older sister Mandy goes missing, presumed dead, Deena refuses to believe it’s true. Especially when letters start arriving—letters from Mandy—which proclaim that their family’s blighted history is not just bad luck or bad decisions but a curse, handed down to women from generation to generation. Mandy’s gone to find the root of the curse before it’s too late for Deena. But is the curse even real? And is Mandy still alive? Deena’s desperate, cross-country search for her beloved sister—guided only by the notes that mysteriously appear at each destination, leading her to former Magdalene laundry sites and more—is a love letter to women and a heartbreaking cathartic journey.
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED DEBUT: The Accident Season was a Best Book of the Year (Kirkus and SLJ), an Amazon book of the month, an IndieNext Pick and Indies Introduce selection, a Carnegie Medal nominee, and was chosen for the BFYA list. Moïra’s second novel, Spellbook of the Lost and Found, was shortlisted for the Irish Book Award.
FOR FANS OF: The Hazel Wood, E. Lockhart, Alice Hoffman, Kendare Blake, Maggie Stiefvater, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Ransom Riggs.
SISTERHOOD: This is a rallying cry for women everywhere to unite in the fight for sexual and reproductive rights, to love whomever they choose, and to protect and control their own bodies.
GORGEOUS, HEARTBREAKING RACE TO THE FINISH: Atmospheric, intriguing, and interwoven with Irish folklore—the kind of storytelling Moïra does brilliantly—this is also an urgent mystery, driven by Mandy’s letters, the eerie call of banshees, and the need to break the curse before it’s too late and Deena’s sister is lost forever.
On Sale Date: August 27, 2019 – Penguin Publishing Group