Your Own Ones

A Novel

In Your Own Ones, Síle Post’s “poetic, storytelling voice, courage to write about big issues, great heart, and real personal vision” [Frank Howard Mosher], shape this lyrical, visionary novel of one woman’s transcendental journey back to the old country, now lost in the unsustainable ways of the new. For wild salmon conservationist, Áine O’Connor, the journey of the wild salmon charts the route of her own journey back—to the rivers of her birth on Celtic Dingle Peninsula—to continue a thousand year family tradition of protecting the land and sea. When the economic tide suddenly turns in Ireland, Áine launches a Celtic Roots Campaign—a traditional & local foods initiative—through which she re-casts the Joycean ‘nightmare’ of Irish history into a sustainable dream for the country’s future. The preservationist passion that flows through Your Own Ones—“reminiscent of Barbara Kingsolver, with echoes of the warmth and humor of Maeve Binchy” [Joyce Mandeville, Orange Prize nominee]—will appeal to a wide range of readers, both caretakers of the land and of the heart. “Come Away,” (in the words of W.B. Yeats), “to the waters & the wild” of Your Own Ones—an Irish State of Wonder.

Síle Post of Brattleboro, VT

Author Síle Post has followed the trail of the wild salmon that swim through Your Own Ones, crossing the Atlantic herself in search of simply extraordinary places—from the ancient cliffs of Dingle Peninsula to the timeless fjords of Arctic Norway. In her writing, she weaves her passion for Place with her calling to protect her own ones—the wild salmon of the Celts, the pristine beaches of Prince Edward Island, and the primeval forests of Walden North. She resides among localvores in Vermont, Celts in Maritime Canada, and occasionally, family in Ireland. See her blogs on the Spirit of Place at: www.waldenbythesea.com & www.waldennorthvt.com. She also writes literary fiction & essays as Sheila Post, published with Green Writers Press. Contact her at www.silepost.com.

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