This is the story of Birgit, a young Scandanivian woman who has
moved to a small island off the coast of Ireland to recover from a
suffocating relationship and to rekindle an interest in painting.
Geoff, a recovering alchoholic English widower, runs a local
bookshop, and attempts to reconcile with his estranged son. Birgit
journeys to Africa to work amongst the deprived but finds a mirror
of her own emotional poverty, while Geoff mourns his wife's
drowning and retreats again to drink. Their paths converge and the
possibility of renewal is offered in a piquant glimpse of their
future lives. The Sway of Winter is more a novel of feeling than of
fact, a journey to the interior of two individuals whose stories
are intertwined, enriched by the prospect of self-discovery. This
nuanced tale of redemptive love engages the reader in a landscape
at once familiar and intriguing, and carries a powerful emotional
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