"How quickly everything in the world disintegrates. Everything but the loneliness of young women."
So begins The Whitsun Daughters, a story of three girls in a small Midwestern town, narrated by the ghost of a young Irish immigrant who, over a century earlier, lived and loved on the same small patch of farmland the girls and their mothers now call home. Award-winning author Carrie Mesrobian weaves the story of the girls’ day-to-day struggles with the fractured and harrowing memories of their unseen observer.
The threads of the tales are familiar: An arranged marriage. An impulsive proposal bitterly refused. Secret affairs. And pregnancies, both welcome and not. Each young woman fights her own lonely battle in the generations-long war of those who would no longer settle for haunting the margins of a world that wants to ignore them.
"Carrie Mesrobian explores female sexuality honestly and emotionally, not only from multiple characters' vantage points, but from different periods in history. A brave, beautiful book." (Stephanie Hemphill, Printz Honor author of Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath)