An Old Castle Standing on a Ford:
One Yank’s Life in an Almost Peaceful Belfast
“So what’s brought ya here to Belfast then?”
Wanderlust and curiosity drive Caroline Ryan to leave her life in Los Angeles to live in Belfast, Northern Ireland for a few months to see what newly planted peace looks like. It is 2000–the Northern Ireland peace agreement is only two years old, and Ryan assumes that after thirty years of violent troubles, Belfast will be little more than a sad and burned out shell.
But many surprises await the author, as both she and the North struggle to make peace with their pasts. Against a backdrop of stormy grey clouds and brilliant green, Ryan meets a Northern Ireland of poets and storytellers, psychics and healers, soldiers and farmers, ghosts and long memories, love, and the wittiest people on earth.