Spinning Heart

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BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST: This "affecting" debut offers a vivid 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)

"One of my favorite Irish books . . . moving, atmospheric and beautiful."
--Tana French

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.

Irish Book of the Decade (Dublin Book Festival)
First Book Award (The Guardian)
"Newcomer of the Year" and "Book of the Year" (Irish Book Award)
"Best Book of the Year" (Library Journal)