Moving story of one Irish family's ordinary loves, extraordinary tragedy, and almost complete inability to talk to each other about anything important. Thank goodness for the ray of hope at the end of this beautifully written novel.
'Isn't she a lovely little one?' his mother said, with great deliberateness. 'Tom,' she said, when Mark's father did not reply, and then, finally, his father nodded, 'Good luck to the both of yiz,' he said with great solemnity, looking only to Mark and the child.