Wexford woman publishes first novel
A CLONARD woman has just published her first novel, a story of the relationships between four main and very different characters.
'The Auctioneer' by Christine Masterson is set between Dublin and Wexford over 18 months between April, 2005, and September, 2006, and through Tim, the auctioner, the author introduces readers to three other main characters, his client Maureen, his sister Clare and girlfriend Kate. All are facing change in their lives and her novel is woven around how they cope with that change.
Kate is the Wexford town beauty 'destructive and wilful in love,' who faces a future very different from the one she imagines, while Maureen, 'a funny and feisty 52-year-old', who longs to escape her dull husband and the demands of her adult children, buys a cottage in Wexford and rediscovers her creativity and curiosity when an attrative stranger stops by. Tim is an independent 30 year old who finds that loving Kate takes more than he is willing to give. Clare, 'an anxious sort', discovers that her happy life with her hudband and three children is threatened when doubts about his long working hours and new friendship with a work colleague refuse to dissipate.
Christine, who moved from Dublin to Wexford in 1998, said the book was promoted by short story she had written and which was very well received at a writer's circle she attends.
'It's completely fictional, a work of my imagination,' she said.