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The Closet of Savage Mementos

The Closet of Savage Mementos

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by Nuala O’Connor (Ní Chonchúir)

A moving treatment of love, loss, motherhood and adoption.

Trade paperback | 224pp | ISBN 9781848403369 | Release Date: 07 April 2014

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Lillis leaves behind 1980s Dublin for a summer job working at a lodge in a small lochside village in the Scottish Highlands. Leaving Dublin is a way to escape her sorrow and despair following the death of her boyfriend and a testy relationship with her mother, Verity. In Scotland she encounters love and excitement but when a series of unexpected events turn her new found life on its head, she is forced to make a life-changing decision, one that will stay with her for her whole life. The Closet of Savage Mementos is drawn directly from the author's own experiences and explores heartbreak, loss, motherhood and adoption in a gripping narrative and the same expressive, emotive and exciting prose we have come to expect of Nuala O’Connor.


Poetic, poignant and funny
— The Irish Times
It’s taken her years to find the courage to write about the romance that led to her becoming a single mother. The result is her finest novel yet.
— The Sunday Times
Ní Chonchúir began her writing career as a poet, and the lyrical influence is obvious from the start…Ní Chonchúir manages to strike a delicate balance between passion and poetry…The Closet of Savage Mementos is a book that will appeal to, and deserves, a wide audience.
— Sunday Business Post
[An] engaging book…In this most readable novel, Ní Chonchúir explores how our past shapes and informs our present… there are layers here and depths.
—  Irish Independent 
A new novel from Nuala Ní Chonchúir comes with one expectation above all – it will be good, very good…Compelling and deeply accomplished, The Closet of Savage Mementos is the product of a powerful literary talent. 
— Evening Echo