St. Patrick's Bed

Hachette UK

Terence M. Green's novels growing out of the history of his family in the last century, Shadow of Ashland and A Witness to Life, have won him much critical praise and a wide readership. Now, in St. Patrick's Bed, Green returns, at a point fifteen years later, to the story of Leo Nolan, who went to Ashland, Kentucky in search of his lost uncle, Jack Radey, and in finding him, also found a wife, Jeanne, and her young child, Adam.

Leo and Jeanne have been trying for a few years to have another child. And Adam, now a young man about to leave his teens, feels the need to trace and visit his true father, who abandoned his pregnant mother before he was born. Because he loves and wants to protect Adam, Leo decides that he had better visit the man first, and so he embarks on another trip into the past, from which he returns changed again.

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About the author

Terence M. Green (1947- )
Terence Michael Green, born in Toronto, Ontario, is a Canadian science fiction and fantasy writer who has published both short stories and novels. His first published work of genre interest was "Of Children in the Foliage" in Aurora: New Canadian Writing 1979 (anth 1979). Green's works tend to focus on characterisation and explore the complexity of social relationships. Having retired from teaching English at East York Collegiate Institute, where he had worked since 1968, Green now teaches creative writing part-time at the University of Western Ontario.

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Hachette UK
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Nov 27, 2014
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–The Globe and Mail

“There’s a line drawn across your life. You cross the line forever.”

When Leo Nolan’s father dies in 1995, his stepson, Adam, now twenty-one, finally asks the question that he has never asked, the question he could never ask. He asks it simply. “Is my father alive?”

ST. PATRICK'S BED, the sequel to the highly acclaimed, World Fantasy Award finalists SHADOW OF ASHLAND and A WITNESS TO LIFE, revisits Leo’s family, eleven years after the momentous visit to Ashland, Kentucky.

Thus begins this new odyssey to Dayton, Ohio, to the past, accompanied by family ghosts and the hard truths of the present. Leo’s quest is both simple and complex: the need in the human heart for redemption, resolution and homecoming.

“If Turgenev hadn’t already nabbed it, ST. PATRICK'S BED could have been entitled Fathers and Sons, with Leo Nolan straddling both roles. The novel morphs into a road book, taking him from Toronto to Dayton, Ohio, and Ireland. Compact, quietly thoughtful, emotionally compelling….Green’s skill as a fantasist shines. A special writer.”
–The Globe and Mail

"The book is genuine."
--Dayton Daily News

"The ending of this book was like a large blast of fireworks."
--The Danforth Review

"Green’s novels tell big stories in his characters’ lives, and they become important to us as readers. Deeply satisfying...will appeal to a wide readership, one I hope he achieves, one he deserves to achieve."
–Books To Look For (Charles de Lint, Fantasy & Science Fiction)

"ST. PATRICK'S BED is a gem." 
This family saga that travels through time—from modern Toronto to Depression-era Kentucky—and explores how the ghosts of the past shape our history.

Every family has its stories: joys and losses, hopes and regrets. For the family that populates these three novels, the secrets forgotten with the passing of years become suddenly accessible, as journeys through time unite loved ones across the decades.
Shadow of Ashland: Leo Nolan’s mother shows him a rose just before she dies—and claims it was given to her by her brother, who disappeared fifty years earlier. Leo is sure it’s the delirium talking, the rambling of a sick and elderly woman. But after her death, letters from the same long-lost brother begin to arrive at the family home, postmarked 1934—plunging Leo into a journey that will take him all the way from Canada to Ashland, Kentucky, where he will walk through a window that leads to another time and world.
A Witness to Life: This prequel focusing on Leo’s maternal grandfather, Martin Radey, and the chronology of his life “is an emotionally charged experience that will not be soon forgotten” (Dallas Morning News).
St. Patrick’s Bed: In the final chapter to the Ashland Trilogy, a son of the next generation asks questions about his biological father and sets off along with Leo on a quest for his heritage and history.
A highly acclaimed epic from “a special writer,” The Ashland Trilogy blends the fantastical and the real in a tale that will resonate with anyone who has yearned to know more about the generations who came before (The Globe and Mail).
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