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Silence Under a Stone
Silence Under a Stone

Silence Under a Stone


240 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95)

Publication Date: June 2019

ISBN 9781784163129

Rights: US

Penguin Random House UK (Jun 2019)
Black Swan Ireland

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An achingly beautiful Irish novel about family, faith, and the pain of an irreconcilable heart. "I eke out my days here with care; spend them carefully, one at a time, like pennies in this one little room where all the straggles and strays of my life are gathered up neat as a ball of wool; the eighty-three years of them drawn taut to a single hard knot that weighs me down like a stone." From her bed in a Dublin nursing home, Harriet Campbell reflects on the time, long ago, when the second greatest joy in her life was her newborn son James; only her God had a greater claim to her love. It is the 1920s in the shadowlands south of the border. Harriet and her husband Thomas are respected members of their strict Presbyterian Congregation; indeed, Thomas has just been made an Elder. But this is a changing Ireland, where the sway of the Roman Catholic Church is at its height, and the community is becoming increasingly isolated. Little does Harriet realize that, as James grows up, she will be forced to choose between faith and family. Written in startlingly beautiful prose, Norma MacMaster's Silence Under a Stone is an intimate, deeply moving human story, where sometimes the price of an unyielding faith is too great to bear.  


"Epic . . . A stirring novel about redemption, and a way of living soon best forgotten." —RTE Culture

"Richly portrayed in tight, lucid prose." —Sunday Independent

"MacMaster's debut novel is bright with promise." —RTE Guide

"Lyrical." —Irish Examiner

"Remarkable . . . Timeless . . . Graceful." —Irish Independent

Author Biography

Norma MacMaster was a secondary school teacher and counselor in Ireland and Canada and was ordained a minister of the Church of Ireland in 2004. A contributor to Sunday Miscellany on RTE Radio 1, she is the author of a memoir, Over My Shoulder.