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The Spinning Heart: A Novel

Authors: Ryan, Donal
Publisher: Steerforth Press
BISAC/Subject: FIC019000, FIC037000, FIC066000, FIC106030
ISBN: 9781586422257, Related ISBNs: 1586422243, 1586422251, 9781586422240, 9781586422257
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 160,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: An “affecting” portrait of a working-class community in contemporary rural Ireland that is “reminiscent of William Faulker’s As I Lay Dying” (The New York Times Book Review)
 
In the aftermath of Ireland's financial collapse, dangerous tensions surface in an Irish town. As violence flares, the characters face a battle between public persona and inner desires. Through a chorus of unique voices, each struggling to tell their own kind of truth, a single authentic tale unfolds.

The Spinning Heart speaks for contemporary Ireland like no other novel. Wry, vulnerable, all-too human, it captures the language and spirit of rural Ireland and with uncanny perception articulates the words and thoughts of a generation. Technically daring and evocative of Patrick McCabe and J.M. Synge, this novel of small-town life is witty, dark and sweetly poignant. Donal Ryan's brilliantly realized debut announces a stunning new voice in fiction.
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