Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Mom-daughter tale set in Eire, Santa Fe.(Final)

Byline: David Steinberg Journal Staff Writer

"The Land of Women" by Regina McBride

Touchstone, $13, 234 pp.

When "The Land of Women" opens, Fiona, the narrator of this literary novel, has been living in Santa Fe for 12 years and she receives the news that her mother has died in Ireland.

Mother and daughter had been estranged from the time Fiona left Ireland for Santa Fe at the age of 18.

"Something happened between them to drive Fiona to leave Ireland. She has to revisit the memory of the summer of 1960," author Regina McBride said in a phone interview from her New York City home.

"Basically, most of the novel is her going back and reliving that summer in her mind, and having to come to terms with that (estrangement), but for the reader it's in the present. …

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