As a sleepy town in rural Ireland starts to wake, a road subsides, trapping an early-morning bus and five passengers inside. Rescue teams struggle and as two are eventually saved, the bus falls deeper into the hole.
WHERE THE EDGE IS
by Gráinne Murphy
Legend Press, September2020
This literary novel by Irish debut author Gráinne Murphy is set in Cork and focuses on the impact of a tragic bus crash on the people left behind. Under the watchful eyes of the media, the lives of three people are teetering on the edge. And for those on the outside, from Nina, the reporter covering the story, to rescue liaison, Tim, and Richie, the driver pulled from the wreckage, each are made to look at themselves under the glare of the spotlight. When their world crumbles beneath their feet, they are forced to choose between what they cling to and what they must let go of. Themes of loss, isolation and despair are key but also what binds us as human beings: empathy, support and hope. This is a story of moving on, of remembering the past and allowing it to shape the future.
Gráinne Murphy lives in Ireland. She previously worked in forensic research and human resources and now works as a copy editor. She has an MPhil in Applied Psychology from University College Cork and an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University.