In 1988, twenty-three-year-old Ciarán McKay thought he had all a man could want—his own cottage in placid, small town Ireland, a dream job teaching at the school he grew up in, and a marriage to his childhood sweetheart, Isleen Byrne. What he never thought, was that within a few months of his joy-filled nuptials, he would find himself putting his beloved wife in the ground. Like a game of Tumbling Tower, without Isleen in the stack, his life came crashing down, casting him into the pit of despair. Trying to live up to his deceased father’s philosophy that, “An Irishman is always happy in his sadness” Ciarán soldiered on without a hope in sight. That was—until Anna showed up. A German foreign exchange student on a year abroad from a country in the throes of Reunification, Anna sought to leave a dark place and past behind. Looking at what the exchange program had to offer, a remote village in Ireland seemed just the thing. Turning Ciarán’s life upside down, Anna takes him from the high street of Ballyamhras to the back streets of Berlin on a roller-coaster ride that could end badly for the both of them.
BIOGRAPHY R.C. Davis is a fiction author and poet living and writing in Iowa City, Iowa. While he grew up in the rolling hills that form the western banks of the Mississippi River, his interests in people, places, and genres are cosmopolitan in scope. His published works consist of his novel, ‘When Walls Fall Down’ (KDP) writing as C.F. McDaeid, along with his short stories: The Light In The Window (Route 3 Press), 'Cane Pole Logic' (Amber Waves of Grain Anthology-Shapato Publishing), 'Snowfall On Dead Leaves' (Daily Palette-Iowa Writes) and ‘Losing my Muse’ (Wild Musette #1701). He has written hundreds of poems, 6 of which, have been published in venerated collections throughout North America. Besides R.C.’s passion for telling stories and writing fiction, he loves music, culture, and dogs. He has backpacked Ireland, Scotland, and England as well as the European continent. You may also find him at: www.rcdavis-tellinstories.com
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