by Donal Ryan
Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards Overall Winner of Book of the Year and winner of the Sunday Independent Best Newcomer of the Year Award for 2012. Shortlisted for the IMPAC International Dublin Literary Award for 2014 and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for 2013.
"My father still lives back the road past the weir in the cottage I was reared in. I go there every day to see is he dead and every day he lets me down. He hasn't yet missed a day of letting me down." 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 literary fiction.
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Date of Publication: 02/01/2014