The award-winning Wexford author Carmel Harrington has written a new book 'The Moon Over Kilmore Quay', set between Wexford and New York, which will be published by Harper Collins this week.
Told over four decades, the story is about two women, enduring friendships and the voices that call you home - it centres around Bea who has grown up in the heart of the Irish community in Brooklyn, always hearing stories about home, and Lucy who many years earlier left her much-loved village in search of the New York dream.
When Bea discovers a letter from her younger self, written a decade ago, it sends her deep into her own family history and when she discovers a shocking secret, it takes her to Kilmore Quay where long-buried truths will finally come to light.
One reader said the book succeeds in nailing the emigrant experience and should come packaged with tissues and a box of Barry's tea.
Carmel is an Irish Times bestseller whose warm and emotional storytelling has captured the hearts of readers worldwide and her books have been translated into eight languages.
Her novels have been shortlisted for the Irish Book Award in 2016 and 2017 and her debut novel won Kindle Book of the Year and Romantic eBook of the Year in 2013.
Her recent books include My Pear-Shaped Life, A Thousand Roads Home, and the official ITV novel Cold Feet: The Lost Years.
Born in London, where she lived until she was 10 when her family returned to her father's native County Wexford, Carmel, a former sales and marketing manager has enjoyed a successful writing career since self-publishing her first novel Beyond Grace's Rainbow as an ebook while on maternity leave in 2012, later winning a two-book deal from Harper Collins.