After fearlessly ferrying Hurricanes and Spitfires in World War II, Tam leaves England for the most westerly tip of Ireland to begin life anew. As her relationship with Niall, a charismatic Irishman, begins to unravel, his growing despondency focuses on his younger brother, Kieran, who mysteriously disappeared years earlier, and the role he played in the family tragedy. Slowly Tam begins to piece together Kieran's heart-breaking story as she searches for the truth about Niall.
Set in Ireland's harshly beautiful landscape, The Night Stages is a magnificent, evocative novel exploring a family's complex and fractured past, the sorrow of separation and the profound effect of Ireland's wild and elemental landscape in a world where a way of life is changing.
'Urquhart takes her time with words, settling you into scenes so you get a full sense of them…This is an enjoyable read and will leave you with plenty of memories'.
‘Jane Urquhart's writing compellingly depicts the sense of place in human lives.'
'Urquhart writes forcefully; her imagery is vivid, and her evocation of time and place is accomplished and assured.'
‘A rich, lush novel with much to mine … for its language alone, The Night Stages will quickly earn its place among Urquhart's other globally acclaimed and award-winning novels … The Night Stages is another tour de force by this exceptional author.'
'Jane Urqhuart charts the restless weather of the human heart in the same observant, inventive way the ancient Greeks mapped the constellations.'
‘Thoughtful, multifaceted work … Urquhart-whose prose at times flows from the same hand that has written four volumes of poetry-reveals her characters slowly, placing them within or privy to smaller narratives, vignettes, anecdotes that are themselves small marvels of storytelling and serve the several themes of love's pain, family turmoil, and the elusive sense of home and place, especially in light of Ireland's immigrant history … Masterful.
‘Urquhart has masterfully captured the thoughts of two damaged young men … a powerful, observant novel that builds quietly to a fever pitch.'
'‘By the time one finishes reading The Night Stages, all kinds of knowledge will have imperceptively crept up - knowledge about weather, flight and, most of all, the landscape of Ireland's gorgeous, rugged County Kerry … In Urquhart's hands, even the most troubled spaces contain the potential for redemption.'