By Beth Lordan

ISBN-10: 0060530375

ISBN-13: 9780060530372

ISBN-10: 0061366358

ISBN-13: 9780061366352

For thirty-some years, Lyle has made a existence for his relatives operating as an accountant. but if he retires, his Irish-born spouse, Mary, desires to go away the US and cross domestic -- the place the sea is close to and the butter has style. a little grudgingly, Lyle concurs, yet in the course of their years in Galway, they observe that the surprises of lifestyles usually are not over. Going house is extra advanced than butter and the bay, and thirty content material years doesn't suggest couple is resistant to romantic intrigue. during this new existence, whereas Mary and Lyle are rediscovering one another and development a richer existence jointly, an unforeseen occasion forces Lyle to come to a decision the place his domestic really is. advised in "quiet tales with feelings like outdated stepping-stones that experience sunk underneath the skin" (Christian technology Monitor), Beth Lordan's evocative and heartfelt novel explores the complicated emotional terrain of mature marital relationships.

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She walked, skirting the huge hanks of seaweed and the pools of seawater the tide had left. She walked, not thinking, her hands in her coat pockets, the wind at her scarf, and then there she was, stepping from the sand onto the long, tangled grass of Mutton Island. Her feet were wet despite the newspaper’s promises. The sky hung gray. The grass of Mutton Island lay like the enormous locks of some giant woman’s uncombed hair. Mary felt it beneath her feet as hummocks, springy lumps and tangled dips, and paid attention so she wouldn’t trip.

She had asked about St. Patrick’s Day, how it would be celebrated, while Mark walked alone at a little distance, stooping unsteadily to pick up small shells. Lyle told her that the parade would be small compared with American parades, the day a quiet family holiday, more like Labor Day than Mardi Gras. “Maybe we’ll try the parade, then,” she said, watching Mark’s slow progress back. “If it’s not likely to be a big crowd. ” Lyle had wondered for days how to ask, and was pleased at how naturally the question came out.

There is,” Mary said. ” and then corrected herself, “Cookies they are—it’s a word I’ve trouble remembering to change from America, even with my own boys. ” Gilbert grinned and let her pour him more tea and take 34 B u t C o m e Y e B a c k away his plate. “I wouldn’t either,” he said. ” “Not so hard once you’ve tasted them,” Mary said. ” He took one of each, still smiling. ” Mary said. “Oh, he’s great,” Gilbert said. ” Lyle said. Gilbert looked blank. “He said he’d word of something,” Mary said.

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