For years, I have been researching and writing my first book, a family memoir set against the struggles of a rural community and emerging country grappling with emigration and change throughout the twentieth century.

From a small farmhouse at the bottom of a lane in the countryside of Ireland to the United Kingdom and the United States, this work of nonfiction explores the relationships in a family of sixteen children -- eight daughters and eight sons, no twins. Through moments of love and loss, new beginnings as well as departures, the narrative spans three generations, preserving the history of a place and its people while also reflecting on the experiences shared by countless others around the world who know what it means to leave home or to be left behind.

Please sign up for my mailing list here and don't hesitate to reach out via email or on Twitter at any time. Looking forward to sharing news (and the title) as soon as I can. In the meantime, an essay I wrote for the Irish Times, "The reach of a single village," provides a glimpse into the story.