When Gina left Stefan in Dublin airport, 1972, she knew she was making a mistake. But at nineteen, the draw of home and what she knew was stronger than that of love. Twenty years later, stuck in a passionless marriage in small-town Louisiana, Gina can't resist returning to Ireland to find out what might have been. But the word has changed, and people with it - Stefan's Bosnian heritage has swept him down dark, unforeseen paths, to a place that causes him to question his very identity. Moving between Ireland, Louisiana and the stark horrors of war in Bosnia - between love and hate - Banks of Green Willow is a funny, sensuous and deeply moving portrait of the inescapable consequences of 20th century history on commonplace lives.