Book Beginning – THE SPINNING HEART by Donal Ryan

The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan

The Spinning Heart Synopsis

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.


The Book Beginning is:

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.

That opening sure gets your attention!

The Spinning Heart is Donal Ryan’s debut novel. It won the Newcomer of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2012 and has just been included in the Man Booker Prize 2013 Longlist.

The story framework is really interesting, a chapter told from each character’s perspective – I am looking forward to unwrapping all the layers in this one.

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    • says

      I agree Juli. It’s quite a classic look and the green for the Irish, with the out of focus area giving off a mysterious feel – all very representative of the story.

  1. says

    I just wanted to say I’m one of those lurking followers who reads and rarely comments. I love your reviews. They are so well written, thoughtful and give a very strong sense of the book. Thank you.

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