Where does courage come from?
From your genes, your city, the times you live in, the books you read, your sisters?
Courage comes from the stories you learn and the stories you live.
Donna Bradley is a courageous woman. She buried her stillborn baby, Teresa, then buried Teresa’s organs when she discovered the medical authorities had retained them.
She must be careful not to slide back into the raging fires of grief and the chilling chasms of depression, even when her thirst for knowledge drives her husband away. She combines her personal recovery and her professional role to offer new thinking to her city. And when she buries a memento of Teresa in the old ground, the caldragh, at her mother’s birthplace beside the beach, where the ancient dead lie, facing the rolling tide, she writes herself into a future unfettered by the past.
A Sudden Sun, a novel by Dave Duggan, is the story of Donna – an ordinary woman of extraordinary courage – and how she finally stands in her own place and time, facing the future with strength and wonder.
'Dave Duggan's début [The Greening of Larry Mahon] is an engrossing study of shifting rootlessness.'
Alfred Hickling, The Guardian
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Feature on A Sudden Sun in The Irish Times
ISBN 978 1 906271 45 9
Published April 2012, softback, 296pp, 230mm (tall) x 153mm