The Elysium Testament
Fear, denial, love, longing, grief and obsession are the powerful emotions which assail Nina, an accomplished grotto restorer, as she tries to make sense of her mystical son's last tragic summer and the slow unravelling of her marriage. With raw honesty and seductive lyricism, O'Donnell draws us into the troubled life of a bewildered family attempting to accommodate the inexplicable into their contemporary world.
'Mary O'Donnell writes with poetic elegance and a savage, witty intelligence. The Elysium Testament is a modern morality tale imbued with the gothic eerieness of The Turn of the Screw. Cool, haunting and absolutely unflinching.' (Novelist Mary Morrissy).