Wild and wonderful This is such a beautifully written book, full of breathtaking images and a wild, stormy reality that pulled me in and made this a compulsive read, I would love to read more by this author!
An Exquisitely Written, Dark Debut The Island Child is Molly Aitkenâs mesmerising, dark debut and centres around Irish folklore, superstition, secrets, motherhood and the search for identity associated with growing from a child into an adult. It follows Oona from her life growing up on a remote and somewhat desolate island off the Irish coast in the 1960s, where she is suffocated and ruled over by a cold, overbearing mother who is paranoid about letting her daughter out of her sight, to her eventual escape to freedom in Canada…
Haunting and lyrical, The Island Child is storytelling at its best. Many books are labelled âstunningâ, but here is one which truly is. I was hooked from the opening sentence into this haunting, beautiful story of motherhood and love, right to the poignant end. Molly Aitken writes with such beauty and lyricism, her prose is, in itself, a thing of poetic beauty. The story is wonderfully complex, told across two timelines, around the enigmatic child Oona, growing up on a wild island but trapped and caged by society, religion and superstition, and the adult Oona…
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