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The Sound of Her Name

A Novel

Thomas Dunne Books

It is June in the turbulent year of 1968. Tim Bruce is about to leave on a trip to Europe before being drafted into the war in Vietnam. At a party at his parent's home, he overhears his father, Carlton, tell a stranger about his service in the Second World War, a place called Clarrach, and a woman named Gwyneth. Carlton says, "I'd have married her if it hadn't been for the war."

Tim has never heard of this woman, and something in his father's voice makes him decide to seek her out. She lives near Clarrach, a small town high in the hills of Wales, in a house with thick stone walls, hand-hewn beams, and a roof of blue Welsh slate. Now married to the local doctor, Rhys Edwards, she is not happy to be reminded of a figure from her past.

Very reluctantly, she invites Tim into her house. Both expect this to be a mere fleeting visit, but circumstances beyond their control cause Tim to end up spending days with Gwyneth and Rhys. During that time, he learns of his father's connection to her, and comes to admire the acerbic Rhys and his way of practicing medicine. Tim falls in love with the ancient country of Wales and, especially, with the beautiful and enigmatic Gwyneth.

The Sound of Her Name spans two generations and two troubled times: the Vietnam era and the Second World War. It is a story of love, betrayal, and the loss of innocence, and also of a search for redemption, renewal, and forgiveness.

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OneBut when Tim arrived at the town of Clarrach, in the far west of Wales, it was not in the least how he'd pictured it, not the quintessential English village with half-timbered, deep-thatched cottages and riotous flower gardens, with a green pasture and a pond at its heart. Clarrach was an undistinguished gray town hanging on a cliff above a pallid and empty expanse of ocean. It just went to show how flawed memories could be. Even those of his father.The town appeared to be totally carved out of stone, with narrow stony streets that wandered chaotically up and down steep
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"Seattle author Mary Morgan ("The House at the Edge of the Jungle") returns to her native British Isles for a deeply affecting story that begins with an overheard remark at a 1968 cocktail party in the Pacific Northwest. Tim Bruce, the son of the family, overhears his father confess that he might have married a woman named Gwyneth Griffiths in Clarrach, Wales, "if it hadn't been for the war." On an impulse, Tim changes his itinerary for an upcoming European trip to include an impromptu stop in Clarrach, looking up this mysterious Gwyneth (now married to a small-town doctor). During Tim's brief stay at Gwyneth's house (he has broken his ankle and been patched up by Gwyneth's husband), the revelations about that wartime era 24 years ago begin. We learn about Gwyneth's desire for privacy, her artist's studio (where she produces haunting variations on the same face) and her past. The finale has a couple of startling plot twists. The only caveat here is that one would love the novel to be longer, even more developed and fleshed out and sagalike -- but what it does, it does perfectly."--The Seattle Times

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  • Mary Morgan was born in England and trained there as a nurse and midwife. Since moving to Seattle, Washington, with her family, she has become a writer and has published short stories, articles, and novels.

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