Author(s): Sue Hubbard
Rainsongs is a novel about memory, faith and love, "a compelling story freighted with heartbreak and loss" (Shena Mackay), and a meditation on the fragile, improbable ways that history, landscape and unlikely intimacies can offer quiet redemption. Newly widowed Martha Cassidy has returned to a remote cottage on the west coast of Ireland to a virtually abandoned village. Looking out her window towards the Skelligs, Martha recalls her ten-year-old son, Bruno, before his untimely death twenty years earlier. As the days unfold, she finds herself drawn into a standoff between the entrepreneur Eugene Riorden and a local hill farmer, the elderly Paddy O'Connell. As the crisis between these men escalates and Paddy suspiciously ends up in hospital, Martha develops a relationship with Colm, a talented but much younger musician and poet, roughly the same age that Bruno would have been if he'd lived. As the Celtic Tiger is reeling with change from the rhythms of an older way of life to unprecedented prosperity, Martha is beset with choices that will change her life forever.
The poignant story of loss and transformation by an award-winning author
`A compelling story, freighted with heartbreak and loss' -- Shena Mackay `A beautifully-written and evocative novel about grief and greed, art and life, isolation and emotion' -- Amanda Craig Breath-taking. Sue Hubbard's lyrical evocation of Ireland's fragile, ancient coastline reveals a poet's sensibility. This multi-layered story of love and loss, of a woman `erased by grief,' who finds solace in the heart of a community that is threatened from within, is exceptionally moving. This book will stay with you' -- Eleanor Fitzsimons
SUE HUBBARD is an art critic, novelist and poet and she has contributed regularly to a wide range of publications including the New Statesman and The Independent, and has also written for The Times and The Guardian. She has contributed to many arts programmes, including Kaleidoscope and Night Waves. In 2006 she was awarded a major Arts Council Literary Award. Twice winner of the London Writers' Award, her poems have been read on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 and she is well known for her poem that stretches across Waterloo station made possible by a grant from BFI. Find out more at: http://www.suehubbard.com/