The original ‘Four Marys’ were ladies-in-waiting to Mary, Queen of Scots. According to legend, one was executed for murdering her own baby. In Jean Rafferty’s new quartet of novellas, four modern Marys – Mhairi, Mara, Mercedes and Mariana – have their own dark tales to tell…
Is motherhood every woman’s destiny?
‘A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world.’ So said Agatha Christie, ambiguously; for the bond between mother and child is deep, but sometimes, motherhood does not come naturally.
Obsession, longing, deceit and even murder feature in Jean Rafferty’s The Four Marys, published on 5 June 2014. This collection of provocative novellas gives a modern twist to tales of women for whom all is not necessarily as it seems, or as each woman would want her life to be. The four stories included are:
The Sealwoman On ‘wishing night’ seals can become human for a few short hours. When Mhairi comes ashore that night, she is about to find out whether being human really is as wonderful as it appears.
A Faerie Child When a woman suffers nine miscarriages she becomes desperate to have a healthy baby. Desperate enough to try anything…
The Diva A world-famous opera star becomes pregnant and experiences the pain and the passion that she sings about in her beloved arias.
The Four Marys A student is having an affair whilst researching the legend of ‘The Four Marys’ – which tells of a lady-in-waiting to Mary, Queen of Scots being executed for killing her own child. Her love is real, but is history repeating itself?
Drawing on universal themes of womanhood and on history, culture and lore, The Four Marys is a riveting exploration of the complexities of motherhood: edgy and engrossing, moving, yet at times, disturbing.