Story Plant hardcover
Fiction Studio Books e-book
Original Publication Date:
June 7, 2011
Story Plant Publication Date:
September 10, 2013
“The best books are not forgotten because you can never stop thinking beyond the story. This is true of Lagan Love. Murphy is a natural storyteller. I look forward to reading more.”
Janice is a graduate student who came to Dublin to look for herself. Since her father died, life with her mother had become stifling and she had to get away – to find herself and the artist within. Beautiful but self-absorbed, she is easily lured by whispers of adulation and goes along with anything that might lead her to fame and validation.
Aidan is a child of Dublin’s docklands with a chequered past and a gift for verse. Noticed by the right people, he is becoming celebrated. But as his stature rises, he sinks further into the sordid depths he has delved for himself. He is looking for redemption, even if, at times, he confuses it with self-preservation, and sees it in Janice.
Sinead is going to make a future for herself in all that the European integration offers Ireland. She is, at heart, kind and loving under her gruff exterior. But friends and family intrude on her final year of college until she is almost ready to be rid of all of them.
Gwen loves Art and Artists, passions that her husband allows her to indulge. She is Aidan’s publisher and muse, and so much more. Shrouded in her mysteries, Gwen answers only to her own desires.
If you know something about passion, and desire, and giving everything to live your dreams then leave your world behind for a while. Come with Janice to Dublin, in the mid nineteen-eighties when a better future beckoned and the past was restless, whispering in the shadows for the Old Ways. Janice has grown tired of her sheltered existence in Toronto and when Aidan leads her through the veils of the Celtic Twilight, she doesn’t hesitate. In their love, Aidan, Dublin’s rising poet, sees a chance for redemption and Janice sees a chance for recognition. Sinead tells her that it is all nonsense as she keeps her head down and her eyes fixed on her own prize – a place in Ireland’s prospering future. She used to go out with Aidan, before he met Janice, so there is little she can say. And besides, she has enough to do as her parents are torn apart by the rumours of church scandals. But after a few nights in Grogan’s, where Dublin’s bohemians gather, or a day in Clonmacnoise among the ruins of Celtic Crosses, it won’t matter as the ghosts of Aidan’s mythologies take form and prey on the friends until everything is at risk. Lagan Love is a sensuous story of Love, Lust and Loss that will bring into question the cost we pay for our dreams.
“A novel that is well written and has characters that you will not soon forget.”
– Dad of Divas
“Lagan Love is more than your ordinary novel and Mr. Murphy is a skilled writer with the ability to tell a story that teaches a life lesson everyone can benefit from.”
– Simply Stacie
“I implore anyone that has held fascination for the mysteries of Ireland, to pick up this story and delve into the heart of them and those of you that have yet to feel the lure of its beauty to see for yourself how mystifying it is.”
– Outnumbered 3 to 1
“I highly recommend picking up a copy of Lagan Love and give it four stars at least. It will definitely pull you into the love of Ireland and it's myths until you are craving for more.”
– Baba’s Farm Life
“Old Ireland myths, a beautifully woven background, a cast of unique and adept characters set the tone for this phenomenal story of love, loss, and hunger…. With twists and turns, erotic scenes and magic, Lagan Love is a fascinating read.”
– Minding Spot
“Evoking the days when the love for Ireland was hidden in the lyrics about a beautiful woman in the classic 15th century song, ‘My Lagan Love,’ Murphy’s freshman novel reveals the complex layers of his homeland – as bracing as a pint on a chilly Dublin evening.”
– The Review Broads
“This is a book written with the heart of a poet.”
– Broken Teepee
“Peter Murphy did an amazing job on his first novel!”
“Peter Murphy has written a masterpiece, and put himself firmly on my must-buy list.
One of my favorite reads this year.”
– Speculative Fiction Micro Reviews
“Intoxicating tale of love, heartache, and the cost of making your dreams a reality.”
“If Lagan Love is a love song, it is a love song to pagan Ireland, where the wee folk still haunt the airy mountains and rushy glens. It is the perfect book for midsummer nights’ reading.”
– Irish Connections
“Ireland has produced more than its fair share of talented authors and poets: James Joyce, Patrick Kavanaugh, Austin Clarke, Brendan Behan, William Butler Yeats, and many more. With his stunning debut novel, Lagan Love, Peter Murphy is well on his way to adding his name to that impressive list…. Lagan Love takes the traditional love story and ramps it up several notches, with a supernatural twist that makes it an instant classic. I would highly recommend Lagan Love to anyone who loves supernatural romances, urban fantasies, and great literature in general. I can’t wait to read what Peter Murphy writes next.”
– Curled Up With A Good Book
“Peter Murphy spins an exciting story of romance and the problems with it, making Lagan Love a unique novel with plenty of twists and turns underneath it all.”
– Midwest Book Review
“It has a great story line filled with legends and myths. I loved the characters in the book and I really felt like I got to know them….I found the book fascinating and loved the Irish folklore.”
– Second Time Around
“Lagan Love is as complex as love itself, particularly when artists and simply men and women are competing for the affections of the same person — even if only to be in control. Murphy’s style is as complex as his characters, but readers will be absorbed in the forlorn myths and legends created and expounded upon.”
– Savvy Verse and Wit
Examiner.com called Peter Murphy "a natural storyteller," and Savvy Verse and Wit said, "Murphy’s style is as complex as his characters, but readers will be absorbed in the forlorn myths and legends created and expounded upon.” Peter Murphy brings Ireland – both the real land and the land of legend – to life in lyrical, nuanced prose that has a music all its own.