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Once you have started this book, you will need to find out what happens as you quickly get involved with the characters within it. The story is told through three women, Christina, her mother Greta and her mother’s best friend, Angeline who became her stepmother. It is a powerful novel about love; the pain and anguish of losing it and the quest to rediscover it. We see through a child’s eye the horror of being abandoned by your mother and the ensuing guilt and torment felt by both mother and child. Christina, separated from her husband and having lost custody of her children, goes on the run with her younger son, across the Atlantic in a bid to find her own mother who left her when she was six. As she travels to new places, she returns to the memories of her childhood and gradually the painful truth about her family is finally revealed.
Christina’s mother walked out on her when she was just six years old. Now in her early thirties Christina has reached a desperate crossroads as a mother herself and goes on the run with her youngest, in a bid to find her mother, Greta, and sanctuary from her husband and family.
Her journey takes her across the Atlantic to America, and ultimately the west coast of Canada where she meets Luke, a Native Canadian on a mission of his own. At times challenged and inspired by her new alien environment, Christina returns to memories of her childhood, growing up on the river in Meath, Ireland, and her relationship with her enigmatic stepmother, Angeline, who was once her mother’s best friend.
Against the backdrop of the open, wild and dramatic landscape of the North West Pacific, which contrasts so strongly with the enclosed spaces of her homeland, Christina begins to acknowledge the shameful reason behind her own failed motherhood and discovers a dark secret her family has never revealed.
A Small Part of Me is a beautifully evocative novel about love lost, the complexity of parental love, the innocence of the love of a child, and the possibility of finding a love, a mirror for our souls, in another human being.
Publication date: 02/02/2007
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
|Publication date:||2nd February 2007|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Relationship Stories,|
Noëlle Harrison was born in London in the sixties to an Irish mother. Most of her childhood was spent in the home counties - Surrey, the Cotswolds, Berkshire, and Buckinghamshire – where her mother worked as a housekeeper. Noëlle began writing plays in the early nineties. She moved to Dublin in 1991, and shortly afterwards set up Aurora, a collaborative theatre company, working with actors, artists, film makers, dancers and musicians. She has written four plays, Northern Landscapes, Black Virgin, and Runaway Wife, and most recently The Good Sister. In 1997 Noëlle moved to the Irish ...More About Noelle Harrison