Our writer-in-residence will read from and discuss his first novel All That Is Solid Melts Into Air which took ten years to come to publication. Set primarily in the aftermath of the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union) in April 1986, it traces the intertwined lives of four main characters.
‘Brilliantly imagined, exhilarating in its sweep; McKeon creates a thrilling appearance of ease, while he delves deep and forges new territory for the contemporary novel. Daring, generous and beautifully written, “All That Is Solid Melts Into Air” marks the beginning of a truly significant career. I cannot say it loud enough: McKeon is here to stay.’ Colum McCann
‘This daring and ambitious novel blends historical epic and love story with a moving description of the Chernobyl disaster and the fall of the Soviet Union. A book rich with resonance far beyond its historical moment.’ Colm Tóibín
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