Seeds of Doubt
By James Ryan
(Phoenix House, Hardcover, 9781861591067, 288pp.)
Publication Date: March 2001
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This is an ambitious and unforgettable story with all the warmth and emotional intensity of James Ryan's first novel, "Home From England. "Set in the rural Ireland that James Ryan portrays so evocatively, it is the story of five women, looking back to their girlhoods in the faraway world of the 30s, and coming slowly to terms in their own ways with the single traumatic event that forever changed their lives. As war threatened in Europe, life in rural Templeard went on as usual. Flossie, Nora, Margaret, Ber, and the baby Girlie were as close as girls could be, and their life was the nearby convent boarding school and the long summers on their father's farm. Looking back to those moments before tragedy struck, Nora, the girl with the voice of a bird, is at last free.