A subtle, luminous novel about family, secrets and the importance of knowing our origins
About the book
Ana knows little about her birth mother: she knows that she gave Ana away. She has a photograph, too, found in her Father's belongings when she was a teenager. It might be her mother, but there are two women in it and she doesn't know whether it is a clue or not. She also knows her mother's name, but Solange Mendes is a common name in Angola, so it, like Ana, could belong to anyone. The only thing she knows for sure is that now Helena, her Father's wife and the woman who brought her up in Lisbon, is dead, she must find Solange.Luanda, Angola, is a long way from Ana's adopted home in Dublin, but she knows it's the only place to begin her search, so she visits her brother, Tiago, and his family, so frozen by the project ahead of her that she makes no plans, has no ideas, and doesn't even confess to him her real reasons for the trip.As the narrative switches between Ana's search and Helena and Jose's relationship, beginning with their first meeting in a cafe in 1960s Lisbon, Walking On Dry Land builds a delicate portrait of how a family secret can lie undisturbed for a lifetime.
Praise for Nights Beneath the Nation
A promising new literary talent
Remarkable, sharply observed and engaging
This passionately written novel offers a bruised account of repression and loneliness, tempered by flickering instants of beauty and compassion. In places Kehoe writes like a dream, subtle rhymes and nuances drawing the reader towards a latent vein of mystery and eroticism. Complex and spellbinding, it's a book that intuitively fuses history and imagination and that's rare
Just as engrossing as Kehoe's debut