|About the Book|
In October 1943, Henry Burke died in the Barents Sea, knocked from the bridge of a destroyer by a torpedo. Fifty years later, he turns up on Thomas Fitzgibbon’s doorstep in Dublin.Henry arrives with an extraordinary story to tell, a life lived inMoreIn October 1943, Henry Burke died in the Barents Sea, knocked from the bridge of a destroyer by a torpedo. Fifty years later, he turns up on Thomas Fitzgibbon’s doorstep in Dublin.Henry arrives with an extraordinary story to tell, a life lived in Russia while his family assumed that he had been dead. He comes back to Ireland to visit his parents’ grave, and sees his own headstone in an old graveyard…In all societies there are people who feel lost at sea. People who through politics, family circumstances or just plain accidents lose their places in society. This story is about some of those people and how they managed to find their ways back. It moves in time from the 1890s to the 1990s, from County Cavan in Ireland to St Petersburg in Russia- from London and York, to San Francisco, Manhattan and Cape Hatteras in North Carolina- and always and finally to Dublin.Everyone in this story has connections to Wintersmoon, the Burke family home in County Cavan, which was burned down during the Irish War of Independence. A Russian count visited there 1891, and set in chain a series of events that would in time ripple from the Russian Revolution, to Ireland during the War of Independence, to America in the 1940s, and back to Dublin in the 1990s.Over the years, this loosely connected family faces death, war, social upheaval, separation, reconciliation, and fleeting chances of love. Although they all are lost at sea in their own ways, their memories always remind them of where they have come from and what they have left behind.