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Debut from Rebecca O Connor He Is Mine and I Have No Other

He Is Mine and I Have No Other by Rebecca O Connor Cavan Launch 12 June at Johnston Central Library 6.30pm From a brilliant new voice in Irish fiction, He Is Mine and I Have No Other is a dark, intense and gripping debut about the overwhelming nature of first love and about the devastating power of buried secrets

 

 

 

 

 

 

He Is Mine and I Have No Other by Rebecca O Connor

 

From a brilliant new voice in Irish fiction, He Is Mine and I Have No Other is a dark, intense and gripping debut about the overwhelming nature of first love and about the devastating power of buried secrets

‘I was frightened of him in a way – of his grief, his loneliness – for he looked like the loneliest person on earth just then … the type of boy who wondered about things, as I did, who broke his heart wondering about things …’

In 1990s-small-town Ireland, amid the sweaty school discos and first fumblings of adolescence, fifteen-year-old Lani Devine falls in love with Leon Brady, whose mother is buried in the cemetery next to Lani’s house.

Lani is haunted by the stories of thirty-five orphaned girls, buried in an unmarked grave near Leon’s mother. As the love story unfolds, and then unravels, it becomes clear that Leon too is haunted – by a brutal family tragedy that has left scars much more than skin-deep.

He Is Mine and I Have No Other is a captivating, eerie and atmospheric novel about the obsessive power of first love, about the claustrophobia a tight-knit family and community can cause, and about buried secrets and the havoc they wreak.

 

The book was launched in Johnston Central Library on the 12 June 2018.

 


 

Rebecca O Connor

 

Rebecca O’Connor grew up just outside Cavan Town. She studied English Literature at Queen's University Belfast and has an MA in American Literature from King's College London. She worked in book publishing in the UK for ten years before returning to Cavan to settle with her family. Her debut poetry collection Well Sing Blackbird was shortlisted for the Strong Shine Award. She is the recipient of a Geoffrey Dearmer Prize (Poetry Review) and a New Writing Ventures Poetry Award. Her work has been published in the Guardian, Poetry IrelandThe Spectator and elsewhere, and she was a writer in residence at the Wordsworth Trust. She lives in Milltown, where she and her husband run The Moth magazine (offshoots of which include The CaterpillarThe Moth Retreat, The Moth Art Prize, The Moth Short Story Prize and the €10,000 Moth Poetry Prize). Pat McCabe has said of her debut novel He Is Mine and I Have No Other that it 'may be the truest depiction of Irish rural girlhood since Edna O'Brien's Girl With Green Eyes'.

 

 

What writers are saying about He Is Mine and I have no Other

He Is Mine And I Have No Other is a book of secrets, and it burns with the sadness and starkness particular to lives forced into secrecy and silence. And yet there is, too, in this story a lucid and beautiful happiness, fragile though it may be; the happiness of being young, and in love, and of finding that love returned. Rebecca O’Connor captures vividly the small triumphs and catastrophes of being a teenage girl in rural Ireland, but in the further darkness to which she reaches is a truth for all generations”

BELINDA MCKEON, AUTHOR OF SOLACE AND TENDER

 

I adored He is Mine and I Have No Other … Amazing, heartbreaking, brilliantly done”
DONAL RYAN, AUTHOR OF THE SPINNING HEART AND ALL WE SHALL KNOW

“God, this book is brilliant. It sends you, helter-skelter, back to life as a fifteen-year-old and all the intensity of that age. A love story set against an undercurrent of untold tragedy. Vivid and utterly compelling, this book had me torn between racing on and stopping to marvel at beautifully crafted lines”
JESS KIDD, AUTHOR OF HIMSELF AND THE HOARDER

 

“I devoured He Is Mine and I Have No Other in a day, immediately caught up in O’Connor’s vividly realised world. The intensity of relationships and shifting loyalties is brilliantly captured as the teenage protagonist, Lani Devine, wrestles with family life, friendship and first love. O’Connor perfectly evokes the passion, uncertainties and awkward misunderstandings of teen love. He Is Mine and I Have No Other is a great achievement and my only complaint is that I wanted more!”

EVER DUNDAS, AUTHOR OF GOBLIN, WINNER OF THE SALTIRE FIRST BOOK AWARD 2017

 

“Evocative of Carson McCullers’ The Member of the Wedding and Maura Laverty’s glorious, long out of print, Never No More, Rebecca O’Connor’s debut novel is vivid, authentic and compelling and may be the truest depiction of Irish rural girlhood since Edna O’Brien’s Girl With Green Eyes. For that it is, and a lot more besides. What a treat it is to be introduced to such a genuine, compassionately humorous and profoundly tender voice”    PATRICK MCCABE, BOOKER-SHORTLISTED AUTHOR OF BREAKFAST ON PLUTO AND THE BUTCHER BOY

Published

26 Jun 2018

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