‘Exceptional’ The Times’Luminous . . . Unexpected’ GuardianShortlisted for Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards, the Dalkey Literary Awards and the Kerry Group AwardsLuke O’Brien has left Dublin to live a quiet life on the bend of the River Sullane. Alone in his big house, he longs for a return to his family’s heyday and turns to books for solace. One morning a young woman arrives at his door, presenting Luke and his family with an almost impossible dilemma.