In a small town in the south-east of Ireland in the 1950s, Ellis Lacey is among many of her generation who cannot find work at home. So when she is offered a job in America, she leaves her family to start a new life in Brooklyn, New York.
Clytemnestra eagerly waits for her husband, Agamemnon, to return victorious from battle. Before he set out he had sacrificed their young daughter to the gods. When Agamemnon returns home his wife will be waiting for him, for his death, for her revenge. A magnificent, brilliantly imagined story of the ties that bind and destroy one family from the acclaimed author of BROOKLYN.
For Mary, her son has been lost to the world, and now, living in exile and in fear, she tries to piece together the memories of the events that led to her son's brutal death.
Colm Toibin was born in Enniscorthy in 1955. He is the author of nine novels including The Master, Brooklyn, The Testament of Mary and Nora Webster. His work has been shortlisted for the Booker three times, has won the Costa Novel Award and the Impac Award. His most recent novel is House of Names . He has also published two collections of stories and many works of non-fiction. He lives in Dublin.