The Last Will of Moira Leahy: A Novel by Therese Walsh (Three Rivers Press; $15.00; 304 pages)
Therese Walsh’s first novel is a story of twins; a pair of near mystical sisters who call to mind the twins in Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. The twins share thoughts, a unique language and their lives until an accident with tragic consequences for the piano-playing prodigy Moira. Maeve, the narrator, must then find the means to continue her life on her own. She’s assisted on her journey by finding a magical keris sword, and this leads her to Europe, where she finds out special things about her life and her sister’s life.
Maeve blames herself for the accident involving Moira and the journey that she takes provides her with a new perspective and much-needed forgiveness. This is a well-told and very entertaining read from Walsh, although the reader must be willing to suspend reality as parts border on magic and science fiction. There’s also a tremendous amount of jumping around, jarring the reader’s patience with the lack of chronological order.
Sticking with the story until the end will, however, reward the reader with a satisfying conclusion to this unique tale by a very promising writer.
This review was written by Joseph Arellano. Reprinted courtesy of Sacramento Book Review. “This tender tale of sisterhood, self-discovery, and forgiveness will captivate fans of contemporary women’s fiction.” Library Journal