The Spinning Heart

By Donal Ryan
(Steerforth Press, Paperback, 9781586422240, 159pp.)

Publication Date: February 25, 2014

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“Workers and their families are left to pick up the pieces after the biggest construction company in a small Irish town closes abruptly, with its owner having escaped to Dubai without paying anyone. Along with tensions created by the financial collapse, old family feuds and rampant gossip flare up and push the townsfolk to the edge. Ryan explores the human cost of the recession with consternation, but not without humor and great tenderness for his characters. Told in the Irish vernacular through multiple points of view, The Spinning Heart is a sobering account of the social and economic situation in contemporary Ireland. Spectacular!”
-- Pierre Camy, Schuler Books & Music, Grand Rapids, MI


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 fiction.

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