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An Unravelling

ISBN: 9781786691026
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A Dubray Staff Recommended Read. A novel about four generations of women and the violent tensions and loving devotion, envy and self sacrifice that family life embodies.
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One of Ireland’s hidden talents, An Unravelling perfectly showcases Elske Rahill’s mastery of words and ability to create vividly real characters. In her twilight years, Molly is the matriarch of a messy and dysfunctional family of four generations. As the ghosts of her past and the arguments of her present wear her down, she struggles to keep focus. An emotionally charged portrayal of a woman's place in the home and in life, told with both tenderness and anger.

- Karen McKay, Dubray Grafton Street

Molly is now in her eighties and she helps her grand-daughters Cara and Freya bring up their young children with unstinting care. Hers has been a life of unselfpitying service, from her working-class Dublin girlhood to her current status as the wealthy widow of a famous artist.

But her own children, particularly her daughter Eileen, are her life's great failure: unhappy, self-indulgent women who resent the younger generation's apparent freedom from guilt and their unconventional family arrangements. This intricate web of female relationships comes under terrible strain when Molly, her health sapped by her constant efforts on behalf of others, decides to consult the family solicitor about changing her will.

This is a novel of great tenderness in its depiction of the small pleasures of family life and ruthless in its portrayal of the dangerous power of money.

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One of Ireland’s hidden talents, An Unravelling perfectly showcases Elske Rahill’s mastery of words and ability to create vividly real characters. In her twilight years, Molly is the matriarch of a messy and dysfunctional family of four generations. As the ghosts of her past and the arguments of her present wear her down, she struggles to keep focus. An emotionally charged portrayal of a woman's place in the home and in life, told with both tenderness and anger.

- Karen McKay, Dubray Grafton Street

Molly is now in her eighties and she helps her grand-daughters Cara and Freya bring up their young children with unstinting care. Hers has been a life of unselfpitying service, from her working-class Dublin girlhood to her current status as the wealthy widow of a famous artist.

But her own children, particularly her daughter Eileen, are her life's great failure: unhappy, self-indulgent women who resent the younger generation's apparent freedom from guilt and their unconventional family arrangements. This intricate web of female relationships comes under terrible strain when Molly, her health sapped by her constant efforts on behalf of others, decides to consult the family solicitor about changing her will.

This is a novel of great tenderness in its depiction of the small pleasures of family life and ruthless in its portrayal of the dangerous power of money.

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