There will be a full cover reveal for The Joyce Girl by Annabel Abbs on Thursday 17th March 2016. The Joyce Girl is to be published by Impress Books in June. However, to whet your appetite for this historical novel and to support #YoungMindsMatter mental health I am bringing you this teaser post today. I hope you’ll return to find out more about The Joyce Girl later too.
Lucia, the talented and ambitious daughter of James Joyce, is making her name as a dancer, training with the most gifted performers in glittering, avant-garde Paris. When a young Samuel Beckett comes to work for her father, she’s captivated by his quiet intensity and falls passionately in love. Persuaded she has clairvoyant powers, Lucia believes her destiny is to marry Beckett. But when her beloved brother is enticed away, the hidden threads of the Joyce’s lives begin to unravel, threatening Lucia’s determination to become a professional dancer, destroying her dream of marriage – and foiling her attempts to escape the shadow of her genius father.
Her life in tatters, Lucia is sent by her father to pioneering psychoanalyst, Doctor Jung. For years she has kept quiet. But now, she decides to speak.
Inspired by a true story, The Joyce Girl is a compelling and moving account of thwarted ambition and the destructive love of a father.