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The Dazzling Truth

A Novel

by Helen Cullen

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The Dazzling Truth by Helen Cullen
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The Dazzling Truth is a romance and family saga that exposes difficult truths of motherhood, marriage and mental illness while gracefully acknowledging characters' complexities and internal struggles.

The Dazzling Truth by Helen Cullen explores love, family, mental illness and the intricate ways each can weave into the other over a lifetime. Set predominately on a small island off the west coast of Ireland and unfolding over a timespan of almost four decades, the novel introduces readers to the Moone family: Maeve and Murtagh, along with their four children.

The love that introverted Murtagh has for free-spirited Maeve affords him the strength to endure her often unpredictable moods, but also allows him to remain somewhat blind to the realities of her mental condition and the effect it has on their children. The resulting tragedy forms the center of Cullen's story about loving through struggle and piecing back together lives interrupted by grief.

Cullen makes the decision to begin the novel in the present with this tragedy that seems like it should be an ending, followed by ...

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