An Irish author who is currently based in St Albans has explored the concepts of abandonment, war, and a woman’s deepest motivations in her latest book.
The Reckoning is the third novel by former journalist Clár Ní Chonghaile and follows the story of a woman who revisits Normandy and writes a letter to the daughter she deserted as a baby.
Clár’s 300 page story took eight months to write and was inspired by her fascination of how people can face death by going to war, while those at home live with the uncertainty of never knowing if their husbands were alive or dead.
She describes the period as being a time when the world was in change and cites Brexit, Donald Trump’s election and the rise of automation as contemporary examples.
In 2016 Clár’s first novel, Fractured, was published in 2016 and followed a year later by Rain Falls on Everyone.
During her career as a journlist, the 46-year-old worked in Kenya, Spain, France, the Ivory Coast and Senegal, working for Reuters and The Guardian before turning freelance.