The Spinning Heart: A Novel
by Donal Ryan
BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST Irish Book of the Decade, Dublin Book Festival Winner of The Guardian First Book Award Winner of the Irish Book Award, Newcomer of the Year and Book of the Year A Library Journal “Best Book of the Year” 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.