Father Anthony O’Donovan has a secret he can’t reveal, not even to his best friend.
Everyone knows Gemma McCann’s secret, as she tries to balance the sadness of a dream unfulfilled with the love that surrounds her.
Aloysius puts his body on the line to keep his motherless boy safe, and his principles intact.
A complex web of friendship, enmity, lies and kindly deceptions weaves through a small rural community. People face their troubles. And the Troubles. Which of them can keep their faith in humankind during these dark decades in Northern Ireland?
Returning to the beloved characters who populate Orla McAlinden’s award-winning debut The Accidental Wife, and introducing many new ones, Full of Grace probes deep into stories of love, betrayal, survival and belonging in a changing land and turns an unsentimental eye and prize-winning prose onto everything from Bloody Sunday to Brexit and beyond.
Along with 19 brand new short stories, this collection includes The Visit, winner of Writing.ie’s Short Story of the Year in the 2016 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, and Breathing, the Wasafiri New Writing-nominated short story.