Of Broken Things It is 1920's Ireland and JOHN FLYNN is ten years old when his much longed for sister STELA is born at their isolated cottage. She is a beautiful child whom John sees as a gift sent to alleviate the harshness of his life with an alcoholic father REDMOND, who he has come to despise. Within a few weeks of Stela's arrival John is unexpectedly left to look after his mother and sister during a swstorm after Redmond fails to return from one of his many prolonged absences. Taking on adult responsibilities at such a young age has a profound effect on the young John and he is unable to forgive his father for abandoning the family during times of greatest need. CASSIE, John's mother, takes solace in visits from a priest FATHER KEARNEY who often acts as intermediary between Cassie and Redmond when overwhelming problems, caused by Redmond's antisocial behaviour, become apparent. Stela grows strong under the protection and deep love of her brother who teaches her about nature and uses her as a delighted audience for his make-believe stories. Stela develops rmally until she approaches her third birthday when she withdraws from the world and only communicates meaningfully with her beloved brother. When tragedy strikes, a web of deceit within the community begins to unravel. 'Of Broken Things' is a beautifully written tale t only of tragedy, of fear and of mistrust, but also of love. It is a 'must read' vel from the author of 'Attachment.'