Mystical, seductive, and brimming with music and magic, Dagmar's Daughter follows three generations of passionate women. Norea emerges from the destitute Irish village of her childhood and stows herself on a ship bound for a remote island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Her daughter, Dagmar, is born with an uncanny ability to control the weather, and Dagmar's daughter Nyssa is as musically brilliant as her father and as struck with wanderlust.
skull and disappeared out the cracks forever. Nyssa turned to her grandmother and said, Nana, I swear before you I will never do that again. Don’t you worry, smiled Norea, half the lies we tell aren’t true. Your hair’s like a birch broom in the fits, she said, running her hands over the girl’s head. Be capable of your own distress. Do what is required. Nyssa said, Nana, how does the eyestone work? Has she been with Moll? accused Dagmar. Norea and Nyssa fell silent. Mother! cried Dagmar.
two minds entwined, the perfectly matching vibrations of their strings deafening their ears. Donal had never heard a fiddler like this girl. She understood his intonation and played into it. He broke out of the reel with a phrase from Bottesini’s “Reverie,” forcing her finally to drop her bow and listen to him. This music was formal, restrained and unfamiliar. She stood silenced, listening to the hooded hidden figure, his mask pressed against the neck of his instrument, his arms embracing its
the ground to make love under a sky growing smurry. They might have dozed outside all through the morning, but the air grew sharply cold and a strange freezing rain woke them as they dozed in the roots of the gnarled firs. Lovers care little for weather. They rose and gathered up their clothes helter-skelter. Her hand taking his, they flew down the path into the shelter of the house. Laughing they dried themselves and warmed themselves against each other’s skin, covered for the first time by the
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the door and found in it strange new sounds. When she tried to write the sounds, they did not seem to belong on a musical staff at all. And then one day two full seasons after the storm she wrote down a new tune and she heard inside and unbidden, fingertips brushing against her skin and the rhythm of a ground bass. That day she mourned fitfully, Gone is my love, my sweet love. She walked along the shore to find Donal’s sister. She called outside her door, Madeleine! Madeleine was working on a