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The Naming of Eliza Quinn by Carol Birch
In The Naming of Eliza Quinn, Beatrice Conrad leaves Manhattan for County Kerry in Ireland to take over a house she's inherited from her grandmother. As she's refurbishes the property ignored for forty years, she discovers the bones of a three-year old child hidden in a tree years ago. This moves the story back to the 1840s and the time of the potato famine. Eliza Vesey is the midwife and herbalist in the close-knit town, but a feud with the Quinn family, rivalries, potato blight, and a mysterious illness that runs through town leads to events whose outcome still ripples through life generations later. Inspired by true events, Carol Birch's novel has received mostly positive reviews. The Independent says, "With its imaginative density and elegance of style, The Naming of Eliza Quinn is a polished and engrossing novel about the power of the past."