Born OTD in 1942, Irish novelist, Bernard MacLaverty. The book centers around the postpartum depression of its female protagonist, Catherine McKenna, a Northern Irish music teacher and composer living in Scotland. She faces preparations for her father’s funeral, endures disturbing visions regarding her recently born daughter, Anna, and suffers restrictions imposed by the Catholic Church on her family and her childhood. She engages her depression through the cathartic and intuitive composition of music; later in the book, she begins to craft a master symphony.

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This is a novel, about coming to terms with the past and the healing power of music, “Grace Notes” is a master story-teller’s triumphant return to the long form: a powerful lyrical novel of great distinction.

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