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From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan.

September 14, 2018

Published by Doubleday:  £12.99

 

Long-listed for this year's Man Booker Prize, this is a compact tour de force from Irish writer Donal Ryan which takes us from the desperate straits of a middle class Syrian family looking to flee the conflict there to a small town in Ireland and its people who have their own hardships to bear.

 

 

The novel comprises three separate but connected stories: of Farouk, the Syrian doctor and his young family, of Lampy, the Irish adolescent searching for his identity and of John, the middle aged villain seeking to address the sins of his past through the Confessional.   The differing strains of these three compelling stories are expertly, but seemingly effortlessly, brought together in a dramatic conclusion to a dark but beautiful meditation on the depth of human connectedness.

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