Constance Keating has lived a life of internal exile, alienated from her family and from Ireland.
Now she has returned to her family home to die. While that painful, messy process takes place she replays, like a home movie, the fragments of her past. And, as the festooned Christmas tree awaits its day, so Constance also waits, hoping her child's father will come and that the final outcome will be on her terms.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 07/10/1999
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780747262589
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Review by Bellettres
A dying woman looks back on key moments in her life in this novel about living and dying, connections and isolation. The Christmas tree serves as a symbol for youth, innocence, light, tradition, and fulfillment. I loved the story and grew to love the flawed, but very human, charac ters.