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The Alternatives

Caoilinn Hughes


The Alternatives (2024) is the most recent novel by Irish writer, Caoilinn Hughes.

Five sisters were orphaned 30 years ago, after which they effectively raised themselves. The oldest, Olwen Flattery, is a geology professor. Her 4 younger sisters all have PhD degrees.

When Olwen disappears from her home, her sisters find her living in a remote house in rural Ireland.

The unexpected reunion gives the 5 women an opportunity to review their lives, including examining old wounds.

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