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In Falling Snow

By Mary-Rose MacColl

In Falling Snow
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  • Paperback: Aug 2013,
    464 pages.

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Touching on an obscure bit of WWI history, In Falling Snow beautifully outlines how the contours of grief can affect our lives in profound ways.

Mary-Rose MacColl's latest book, In Falling Snow, is a heart-rending story of love and loss. Iris Crane Hogan is an ailing eighty-two-year-old living in Australia in the 1970s when she receives an unexpected invitation from France. The message activates her failing memory, forcing her to revisit her experiences during WWI when she worked at Royaumont – an abbey (see 'Beyond the Book') converted to a hospital for wounded soldiers – as an administrator and nurse. While there, Iris formed deep attachments, suffered intense grief, and developed profound secrets that influenced every aspect of her post-war life. Much of the novel tells Iris's story in bits and pieces, covering her childhood in rural Australia, her years in France, her life as a mother and wife, and her current situation as an elderly widow. The other thread that runs through the plot is told from the point...

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