The Fires of Bride

Ellen Galford, Author Firebrand Books $8.95 (229p) ISBN 978-0-932379-41-2
Set on a fictitious island in the Outer Hebrides, this is a lively, entertaining novel centering about an unusual group of women. When Lizzie (sans surname), a researcher for Scotch television, is shipped off to do a routine public-interest piece on Cailleach, an island noted for its inhabitants' unemployment and alcohol problems, she becomes captivated by local lore and history. More interesting, though, are the islanders themselvesMaria Milleny, an artist, and her lover, Catriona MacEochan, an eccentric doctor and clan chieftan who lives in a ramshackle castle, experimenting with mysticism and stirring controversy with her more unorthodox antics; a rabidly traditional priest; an archeologist who is drawn to the ruins of a convent that had harbored mother-goddess worshippers; and a half-real ghost that puts in occasional, enigmatic appearances. Interwoven with their stories is a fascinating though unlikely subplot about a legendary goddess, alleged to be Christ's twin sister. Although the characters often seem overly quirky and the story rambles in places, the narrative voice is engaging, at once witty and prosaic. Galford (Moll Cutpurse) blends sardonic humor and an understanding of human nature and bonds to create an uncommon and appealing novel. (April)
Reviewed on: 04/01/1988
Release date: 04/01/1988
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 232 pages - 978-0-932379-42-9
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