In the Season of the Daisies
By: Tom Phelan
The story of Seanie Doolin, surviving twin of a brutal civil-war murder in the Irish midlands, forms the core of this extraordinary debut novel. In 1948 the Town, shadowed by its buried past, prepares for a visit from de Valera and President O’Kelly. Over twenty-four hours events and individuals converge as, one by one, the men who were there that dreadful night in 1921 speak out – schoolteacher, doctor, butcher, priest, victim – each with his own involuntary vision of hell.
Seanie Doolin, a man-child tortured by poetry and grief, roams the hills repeating one talismanic word, Camarawn. His pain and loss, the presence and purging of evil, love’s redemption, and the pathology of ancient animosities within ordinary lives, is conveyed in language that is simple, direct and emotionally devastating.
In the Season of the Daisies is a powerful work of literature which introduces a voice new to Irish fiction.
‘This first novel, an unforgettable exploration of the shattering effects of violence, belongs in most fiction collections.’
– Library Journal
‘Tom Phelan has taken a theme – the slaughter of innocence – and by dint of sheer lyric power, turned it into something you won’t forget for a very long time.’
– John Dunne, The Irish Times
‘A writer of immense talent… This is literature of the highest calibre, tautly plotted and finely executed. No one with a serious interest in modern writing should miss it.’
– Mike Hudson, Irish Echo
TOM PHELAN, who was born in the Irish midlands in 1940, went to St. Patricks Seminary, Carlow, in the early 1960s, was ordained and worked in England for several years. He migrated to the U.S.A. in 1970, attended the University of Seattle, and left the priesthood. He now lives on Long Island, New York, is married and has two children.