In the aftermath of Irelands 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 Ryans brilliantly realized debut announces a stunning new voice in fiction.
Winner of the 2013 Guardian First Book Award