Saturday 27 May 2017

New Moriarty tearjerker tackles taboo topic

Sinéad Moriarty at the launch of her new novel ‘The Good Mother’ in Eason. Photo: Arthur Carron
Sinéad Moriarty at the launch of her new novel ‘The Good Mother’ in Eason. Photo: Arthur Carron

Alan O'Keeffe

Author Sinéad Moriarty's new novel addresses the taboo issue of mercy killing by a mother with a terminally-ill daughter.

"I feel very nervous. I really put my soul into this book," the author said at the launch of 'The Good Mother' in the Eason bookshop at St Stephen's Green where the book was on sale for €10.99.

"The mother in the book has a 12-year-old daughter Jess who is terminally-ill. Her unconditional love is tested to the limit."

The writer, a mother-of-three, has launched 12 novels in 13 years, and seen some of them translated into 15 languages.

"This is a sad book. I suppose you could say it's a tearjerker," the 46-year-old Dublin writer said.

Among several novelists at the launch was Martina Devlin, who said: "Sinéad, as a professional writer at the top of her game, has raised the topical issue of mercy killing which needs to be ventilated."

Irish Independent

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