The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
My library has it shelved as a romance, but there is nothing romantic about this book. I read it on the recommendation of Smithsonian Magazine but found it had little to do with the Beast of Bosnia or his crimes. It's a mishmash of peoples lives mainly Fidelma's.
A stranger comes to her village in Ireland and opens shop as a healer. Fidelma becomes his lover, then his identity as a notorious war criminal is revealed when he is arrested. The pregnant Fidelma is attacked by his supposed friends who give her a forced abortion with a crowbar. After she recovers she flees to England where she takes various menial jobs to survive until her husband forgives her and provides her with a stipend each month.
She then travels to the Hague to attend Vlad's trial and returns to Ireland for her husbands death.
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