Grace: Winner of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year
by Paul Lynch
Editor: Oneworld Publications
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IN LICE FOR THE WALTER SCOTT HISTORICAL FICTION PRIZE AND THE WILLIAM SAROYAN INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR THE 2018 EDITION SELECTED AS BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 BY THE GUARDSMAN AND ESQUIRE Early one morning in October, the Grace of the mother of snippets of sleep brutally and cuts her hair, declaring, “You are strongest nowWith winter at hand and Ireland already suffering, Grace is no longer safe at homeAnd so, his mother, his clothes in men’s clothes and throws outWhen his brother Colly follows after his, the two parties on a remarkable journey into the imminence of the shadow of their country at the darkest hourThe broken they pass through reveals unspeakable and unexpected sufferings of beautyTo survive, Grace must become a boy, a bandit, a penitent and, finally, a woman – all afflicted by inner voices that flow from what she has seen and what she has lost.Said in bold and lyrical language by an author who was called’one of his best novelists generation’ (Ron Rash), Grace is an epic coming-of-age novel and a poetic evocation of the Irish famine as it was never written
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