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Black Inked Pearl
Ruth Finnegan
A novel born in dreams and interlaced with the eternity of love and the ambiguity between dream and reality.

An epic romance about a naive Irish girl Kate and her mysterious lover, whom she rejects and then spends her life seeking. Beside an African river Kate realises both her emotions and her passionate and consuming love of the man she had rejected. The story becomes more mystic and timeless as Kate seeks her lover through heaven and earth, Eden and hell. Rejected in her turn, Kate waits in the dust outside the closed gates of heaven where her lover finds her, only to be rejected again. Through an ultimate sacrifice by him, they reach heaven: but Kate still has to accept his sacrifice and so find herself – the pearl. The novel, born in dreams, is interlaced with the eternity of love and the ambiguity between dream and reality.

"I read Black-Inked Pearl with delight and surprise. It is a long, entrancing tale, often touching on the threshold of poetry." Itala Vivan, University of Milan, Italy

"A delightfully dreamlike, mystical tale of epic scope, spiritually and erotically charged." Mike Hanne, University of Auckland

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...she couldn't...

Donegal shore by wild Atlantic sea. Today. Or long ago. Engrained in her heart. Beautiful. Storm, waves, seagulls crying, long black hair he loved tossed tangled in the wind, maybe that had confused her? Could she blame that (oh her hair, her hair, was not that part of her story...it seemed...somehow...and her nails, digging into her hand..)

His arms. In the mist. His head bending to her, his mouth ready to -


...she was too young she was not ready she was afraid she was terrified only fifteen not ready yet she must go now immediate like a brother nice-impossible too young sea too loud storm tanglehair she was too young now now run run...run...

Panic, running, panic, running running. Footmarks. Footprints in sand vanishing filling seeping salt water, tears (hers his, who knows) vanished gone now path no-prints no back no way... She turned to go back Perhaps it wouldn't be so bad...

But he was lost (lost...) in the mist. Her footmarks, the way, lost in the water.

Fiction, Christian Length: 322 Pages

Release Date: August 6, 2015 ISBN/ASIN: 1942146175

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About the Author

Ruth Finnegan OBE is Emeritus Professor, The Open University, Fellow of the British Academy and Hon. Fellow Somerville College Oxford.

She was born and reared in Ulster and Donegal in a family committed to reconciling the deep divides in Ulster and in the world, went to a Quaker school in York, followed by a first-class Oxford degree in classics/philosophy. Then African fieldwork, an Oxford doctorate in literary anthropology, university teaching in Africa, then many years ( with a short period in Fiji), with the pioneering Open University (UK) where she is now an honorary research professor.

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