Evening with Donal Ryan

Evening with Donal Ryan

Over the last seven years, Donal Ryan has turned into something of a literary phenomenon. His first novel, The Spinning Heart (2012), won the Guardian First Book Award and the EU Prize for Literature and Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. It was also shortlisted for the IMPAC International Literary Award and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Donal returns to the CCI to launch the French translation of his third novel All We Shall Know published by Albin Michel as Tout ce que nous allons savoir. Melody Shee is in a dysfunctional marriage and twelve weeks pregnant by a pupil almost half her age - the handsome, illiterate son of a famous Irish Traveller. Over the following months, she reveals the layers of her past, including a distant mother and best friend she betrayed many years ago, while striking up a friendship with a young Traveller woman whose situation is not wholly unlike her own. Raw but lyrical, this is an arresting portrait of a complex woman and the choices that face her.

“Donal Ryan’s novel reads compulsively and is delivered with an impressively disciplined power”
(Roy Foster - The Irish Times)

“An exquisite account of womanhood, friendship, prejudice and tradition that is both intimate in scale and awesome in achievement”
(Irish Independent)

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