THE CROOKED BRANCH
This novel is really two engrossing tales that work in concert and also stand on their own. The portion set in the present day is a realistic treatise on the difficulties of new motherhood and loneliness. The other is a fascinating exploration of a family struggling to survive the Great Irish Famine. Cummins’ well-researched, lively prose brings the two together into a bittersweet whole with a satisfying and emotional conclusion.