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What the Tide Leaves Behind,” published by Dunnybegs Press, is a heartwarming tale about the power of community that will appeal to lovers of Ireland, dogs, and small town charm. 

The story follows the journey of Thomas McKay, as he finds himself tending to his late mother’s cottage along the remote, wind-scoured Donegal coast and trying to connect with her enigmatic border collie. As he adjusts to life in the small village of Dunnybegs, he discovers the rhythm of the community, filled with colorful characters and a rich archaeological history.

So begins a year of self-discovery, as Thomas forms a deep bond with the dog and through her, learns to really see the world. On their long walks across Donegal, he becomes a keen observer of the area, documenting the pair’s adventures through photography. Their story gains international attention on social media, turning them into local celebrities and embroiling them in a battle over the future of Killfish Bay, the small cove near Dunnybegs. There is an American corporation eying the bay and an offer has been made on the cottage. Thomas may have finally found his place in the world, but will he lose it all?

“What the Tide Leaves Behind” is a heartwarming tale of personal growth, the authentic charm of small communities and the enduring bond between man and dog. The novel explores themes of community, connection, and the transformative power of unexpected companionship.


About the Author
The novel is Malcolm McDowell Woods first published work of fiction. He is currently a freelance editor and writer living in Bay View, Wisconsin. 

He formerly worked at Carroll University as a writer and editor and worked for many years for Outpost Natural Foods as an editor for the Exchange Magazine and then Graze quarterly. He previously co-authored the book, Irish Wit and Wisdom, was managing editor of the former Irish American Post magazine, and a recipient of the Milwaukee County Arts Fellowship Individual Arts grant for Fiction Writing.

“What the Tide Leaves Behind” is available in print and ebook editions and can be ordered through local independent bookstores or through online book sellers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.