The Elephant of Belfast by S. Kirk Walsh audiobook

The Elephant of Belfast: A Novel

By S. Kirk Walsh

Blackstone Publishing 9781640094000

Unabridged

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Category: Fiction/Historical
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A Kirkus Reviews Pick of the Top Ten Most Anticipated Books of 2021

Inspired by true events, this vivid and moving story of a young woman zookeeper and the elephant she’s compelled to protect through the German blitz of Belfast during WWll speaks to not only the tragedy of the times, but also to the ongoing sectarian tensions that still exist in Northern Ireland today—perfect for readers of historical and literary fiction alike.

Belfast, October 1940. Twenty-year-old zookeeper Hettie Quin arrives at the city docks in time to meet her new charge: an orphaned three-year-old Indian elephant named Violet. As Violet adjusts to her new solitary life in captivity and Hettie mourns the recent loss of her sister and the abandonment of her father, new storm clouds gather. A world war rages, threatening a city already reeling from escalating tensions between British Loyalists and those fighting for a free and unified Ireland.

The relative peace is shattered by air-raid sirens on the evening of Easter Tuesday 1941. Over the course of the next five hours, hundreds of bombs rain down upon Belfast, claiming almost a thousand lives and decimating the city. Dodging the debris and carnage of the Luftwaffe attack, Hettie runs to the zoo to make sure that Violet is unharmed. The harrowing ordeal and ensuing aftermath set the pair on a surprising path that highlights the indelible, singular bond that often brings mankind and animals together during horrifying times.

Inspired by a largely forgotten chapter of World War II, S. Kirk Walsh deftly renders the changing relationship between Hettie and Violet, and their growing dependence on each other for survival and solace. The Elephant of Belfast is a complicated and beguiling portrait of hope and resilience—and how love can sustain us during the darkest moments of our lives.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Hettie’s devotion to Violet forms the emotional core of this novel, which does an excellent job of recreating daily life in Belfast during WWII. Hettie and Violet’s bond is one to treasure.” Publishers Weekly
“The story of a young woman’s uncommon devotion and courage under fire.” Lily Tuck, author of The Double Life of Liliane
“A lovely book about a fascinating piece of history, and its two heroines—animal and human—are enthralling and beautifully drawn.” Elizabeth McCracken, author of Bowlaway
“Walsh delivers a turbulent portrait of life in a divided city…A unique perspective of a country at war and the lengths people will go for those they love.” Kirkus Reviews
“Sensitively rendered and finely drawn, this remarkable story, based on true events, is both uplifting and heartbreaking.” Christina Baker Kline, New York Times bestselling author

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Author Bio: S. Kirk Walsh

Author Bio: S. Kirk Walsh

S. Kirk Walsh is a writer living in Austin, Texas. Her work has been widely published in the New York Times Book Review, Longreads, StoryQuarterly, and Electric Literature, among other publications. Over the years, she has been a resident at Ucross, Yaddo, Ragdale, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is the founder of Austin Bat Cave, a writing and tutoring center that provides free writing workshops for young writers.

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Available Formats : Retail CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Audience: Adult
Language: English