Mar 19, 2014 · 8:00 PM
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The Bookworms who responded to my poll chose The Spinning Heart as our first book! (Available at Easons, and probably most other book stores)
Longlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize, The Spinning Heart is a marvellous debut that cuts to the very heart of modern Irish life. Told through a townland of voices, this is a book that will stay with you long after the heartbreaking finale. 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.
It would be great if everyone could have at least one comment or point for discussion in mind to get the meeting going, and I will put together a few questions to keep the conversation flowing.
I will announce the location in the near future. I'll also take note of suggestions for the following months book poll on the night, so don't forget to have a think about what you would like to read next!
Any questions, please feel free to drop me a line :)
Looking forward to our first meetup - hope many of you can make it!