Today I'm thrilled to introduce you to award-winning and internationally acclaimed bestselling Irish author, Catherine Dunne. Her US debut, THE YEARS THAT FOLLOWED, goes on sale today October 11th, 2016.
And to mark the occasion, her publisher Simon & Schuster is sponsoring a giveaway for one lucky reader to win a copy of Catherine's new book.
But before I share the details of how to enter for a chance to win, let me first introduce you to Catherine and her wonderful new novel.
Table of Contents
The Years That Followed
Inspired by the Greek myth of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon’s turbulent relationship, Dunne turns the classic myth into a passionate and tragic tale of modern revenge set against political unrest.
THE YEARS THAT FOLLOWED is set in the 1960s through the 1980s, sweeping across the lush European backdrops of Spain, Greece, and Ireland. This novel weaves together intricate revenge plots crafted by two wronged women, both of whom are part-victim and part-villain.
Dunne skillfully explores the themes of motherhood, power, and failed relationships. As the women’s schemes begin to unravel, shock waves reverberate through their families, echoing for many generations to come.
Calista is young, beautiful, and headstrong. When she falls in love with the charming, older Alexandros and moves to his native Cyprus, she could never imagine that her whirlwind courtship would lead to a dark and violent marriage.
With two young children dependent on her, Calista learns to survive Alexandros’s abusive ways. She knows she will find peace when she can finally seek retribution.
Pilar Domínguez grew up in rural Spain and has finally escaped to a new life, and she is determined to leave poverty behind her. As Pilar plunges into a life of work and saving money, she becomes enchanted by an older man and revels in their romance, her freedom, and her accruing wealth and success.
She’s on the road to realizing her ambitions . . . but is suddenly abandoned by her lover. Now alone, there is one thing that Pilar is searching for, and it’s the one thing she knows will make her truly happy.
Unknown to both women, tragic events are unfolding which will inextricably link their lives in a way that neither could have imagined.
These events will change them and their families forever.
What Others Are Saying
Here are some of the wonderful reviews from critics around the world....
“Lived-in, hard-earned feminism swirled with a noir tone and dark turns makes for a great read.”
“Both women are nuanced, sympathetic characters whose lives and loves are well developed throughout this darkly compelling story.”
~ Publishers Weekly
“In this page-turner that’s both poignant and satisfying, Dunne knows how to write the woman scorned, betrayed, and eventually reborn.”
Exciting, elegant, urgent, true – Catherine Dunne’s writing is all of these things, and a lot more. She really is one of Ireland’s best novelists.
~ Roddy Doyle
About Catherine Dunne
Catherine has been writing ever since she can remember, and on her website she confesses she has been putting words on paper for almost half a century.
After spending seventeen years as a teacher, Catherine decided to write full-time. Her first novel, "In the Beginning", was published in 1997.
Catherine Dunne is now the author of nine novels including The Things We Know Now, which won the 700th anniversary Giovanni Boccaccio International Prize for Fiction in 2013.
She was recently long-listed for the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction Award in 2015. Her work has been translated into several languages. She lives in Dublin.
One lucky winner will receive a copy of Catherine Dunne's new novel, "The Years That Followed."
To enter just leave a comment on this blog post by noon on Wednesday October 19th, 2016.
Any comment will do. What you write does not affect your chance of winning, but if you need inspiration for your entry why not tell us about your favorite book or writer.
One winning comment will be chosen randomly. Remember to leave your e-mail so I can contact you should you win. Your e-mail won’t be published, just used to contact our lucky contestant for mailing of the prize.
The winner will be announced on Wednesday October 19th, 2016, at the bottom of this blog post.
You may check out Irish American Mom’s complete terms and conditions for sweepstakes’ entries by clicking here.
Thanks to everyone who supports this little giveaway by leaving a comment, and for sharing it with family, and friends who enjoy reading Irish books.
And a big thanks to Catherine Dunne and her publisher, Simon & Schuster for sponsoring this wonderful book as a prize.
Update – Winner Chosen
Good news. Our winner has been chosen using the randomized “Pick Giveaway Winner” WordPress plug-in.
Congratulations to …..
I’ll send Beth a quick e-mail to let her know she is our prize winner.
Thanks to everyone who joined in and entered this little Irish American Mom giveaway. Wishing everyone happy reading. And wishing Catherine Dunne every success with her writing and her novels launch in the United States.
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Pilar and Calista have caught my curiosity. I need to know what happens in their lives, how they become intermingled.
This book sounds interesting.
Sounds like an intriguing story
Christy Lea Brooks
I would love to read this book, it sounds really interesting. I love all things Irish & I love reading!
This book sounds interesting. I love to read.
Sounds like another Irish author 'hit".
Must I read the blogs the winner is announced or will you contact him?
Irish American Mom
Hi Jay - I will contact the winner so there's no need to check back. Thanks for stopping by to enter.
All the best,
Hoping to get the opportunity to read yet another novel by such a celebrated author.
I retired from teaching first grade for thirty seven years this past June. I am enjoying all of those books that were tucked for this time of relaxation. Loving my afternoons with a good book and a cup of tea. I would love to add this one to my collection.
Sounds like a book I would love to read.
Sounds like Catherine was born to write!
Irish American Mom
So true, Irishannie. Catherine sounds like a born storyteller.
All the best,
God bless Catherine and you, Mairead*
Irish American Mom
🙂 🙂 🙂