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GRACE is a Publishers Weekly book of the week

GRACE, with a starred review in Publishers Weekly, is also a book of the week. With publication next week in the US, here is the advance praise of the book from the book trade press and authors.

“[Grace] feels as though it has already claimed its place among great Irish literature”

— BookPage.

“A gifted Irish author…. This is a writer who wrenches beauty even from the horror that makes a starving girl think her “blood is trickling over the rocks of my bones.”
— Kirkus, starred review.

“Wonderful… heart-wrenching.. Lynch’s powerful, inventive language intensifies the poignancy of the woe that characterizes this world of have-nothings struggling to survive.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review. Book of the week.

““Grace is a masterful sequel to Red Sky in Morning; a beautifully written, lyrical portrait of a young girl coming of age during the Great Famine. Lynch’s Ireland is a land of sadness, harsh reality and starvation, yet there is beauty found in the air, the sky and even the insects. The prose flows like good Irish whiskey and compels readers to keep drinking in Lynch’s words; sometimes so poetic they read like a James Joyce novel.” 
— RT Book Reviews.

“In celebrated Irish novelist Lynch’s (The Black Snow, 2015) latest tale, Grace is harshly thrust out into the world by her mother, who can think of no other way to protect her blossoming 14-year-old… As her hardscrabble odyssey continues, she begins to develop in unexpected ways, her eyes opening to both ruthless reality and limitless possibilities. Growing into womanhood as a wanderer, Grace rises above cruel circumstances to control her own destiny in remarkably surprising directions, casting new light on this grim and pivotal era in Irish history.”
– 
Booklist

“Mesmerizing.”

– Library Journal

“A beautifully written novel with a haunting story and deep echoes of the Ancients”.
— Edna O’Brien

“A terrible beauty: Paul Lynch’s Grace is a shudderingly well-written, dead-real, hallucinatory trip across Famine Ireland”.
— Emma Donoghue

“As McCarthy answered Faulkner, Lynch offers the most convincing answer to McCarthy that we’ve seen yet in literature. Lynch sacrifices none of the rigor and menace while summoning an emotional power that leaves one stunned at times. Grace is a novel of surpassing beauty and moral weight, and Lynch is a prodigious talent, with a sorcerer’s command of the language and an extraordinary artistic integrity. This is a masterwork.”
— Matthew Thomas, New York Times-bestselling author of We Are Not Ourselves

“A mesmerizing, incandescent work of art. It’s all things together — a tragedy, an adventure, a romance, a coming-of-age, a searing exposition of historical truths; an interrogation of the nature of time and existence. Above all it’s a perfect story, an exhilarating, Odyssean, heart-pounding, glorious story, wrought by a novelist with the eye and the ear and the heart of an absolute master. Paul Lynch is peerless. Grace Coyle, daughter of Coll, will be one of the enduring heroines of world literature.”
— Donal Ryan, Booker-nominated author of The Spinning Heart.

“The power of Paul Lynch’s imagination is truly startling; his ability to inhabit and deeply understand the moments, both slight and shattering, of a life and of an era translates into an instinct not just for story, but for the most hidden, most forceful currents of language and what they can do.”
— Belinda McKeon, author of Tender

“Grace is fierce wonder, a journey that moves with the same power and invention as the girl at its center. What Paul Lynch brings to these pages is more than mere talent—it’s a searing commitment to story and soul, and in witnessing Grace’s transformations, one can’t help but feel changed too. This novel is faith, poetry, lament, and triumph; its mark is not only luminous, but it promises to never fade.”
– Affinity Konar, author of Mischling

“Grace is a thing of power and of wonder, from the savage scalp-shearing of its start, through pages of figurative and literal black, to the ‘good blue days’ of its end. Paul Lynch writes novels the way we need them to be written: as if every letter of every word mattered. This whole book is on fire.”
— Laird Hunt, author of The Evening Road

“If you took the most overwhelming and distilled moments of a life–those instants when even a small brush of the wind over a stream seems to speak to the whole problem of living–and scattered them along an Irish riverside during that country’s great famine, you might arrive at GRACE. This is a major work of lasting, powerful feelings that might find a place amidst your memories of Light in August and Huckleberry Finn.”
– Will Chancellor, author of A Brace Man Seven Storeys Tall

 

By |July 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on GRACE is a Publishers Weekly book of the week

RED SKY IN MORNING reviews in La Repubblica and La Stampa

‘Cielo Rosso al Mattino’ — aka Red Sky in Morning — has been received tremendous reviews across the Italian press in the past month. Here is a photo of the two reviews in La Stampa and La RCielo Rossoepubblica.

For the full list of PDFs of reviews and interviews in Italian, please visit:

https://www.66thand2nd.com/libri/207-cielo-rosso-al-mattino.asp

By |June 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on RED SKY IN MORNING reviews in La Repubblica and La Stampa

Italian launch of “Cielo rosso al mattino” and book tour

For friends in Italy: Red Sky in Morning will be published by 66th & 2nd as Cielo rosso al mattino on 18th May. Here is the synopsis in Italian, along with details of the book tour below:

Irlanda, 1832. Cacciato dalla fattoria in cui vive con la sua famiglia, il giovane Coll Coyle affronta Desmond Hamilton, il figlio del proprietario terriero. È un attimo fatale, e l’incontro si trasforma in tragedia. Il corpo senza vita di Hamilton giace ai piedi del suo cavallo, e a Coyle non resta altra scelta che fuggire. Gli sgherri del padrone, guidati da John Faller – «l’incarnazione del male razionale» –, danno inizio a una spietata caccia all’uomo. Spinto tra le terre paludose della contea di Donegal, Coyle scappa oltreoceano, in America, e trova lavoro nel cantiere di una ferrovia in Pennsylvania. Un viaggio folle, tra i morsi della fame e un’epidemia di colera; una fuga in cui il paesaggio, «silenzioso e sterminato», è sempre in primo piano. Cielo rosso al mattino è un’esplorazione del lato spietato dell’uomo: una storia di oppressione in cui è racchiusa tutta la ferocia dell’esistenza umana. Un racconto in cui la prosa, lirica e vibrante, evoca «una sorta di quintessenza irlandese».

21 May

Turin: Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino

12.30 p.m. Presentation of Cielo rosso al mattino at the Book Fair. With Giorgio Vasta

22 May

Pavia:  6 p.m. Book presentation at Libreria Il Delfino

23 May

Milano: 6 p.m. presentation at Libreria Gogol, with Raffaele Riba

24 May

Rovereto: 19.00 presentation at Libreria Arcadia

25 May

Padova: 7 p.m. book presentation at Palazzo San Bonifacio. With Enrico Terrinoni

26 May

Firenze: 7.30 p.m. book presentation at Libreria la Cité. With Riccardo Michelucci and Susanna Nirenstein

27 May

Rome: 8 p.m. book presentation at Libreria Altroquando. With Luca Briasco

By |May 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Italian launch of “Cielo rosso al mattino” and book tour

GRACE gets *Kirkus Star* in early review

As we come closer to the 11 July, North American release of GRACE, the notoriously hard-to-please US book bible Kirkus has given the book its Kirkus Star — a much sought after designation in the US book industry. The Kirkus Star is reserved for “Books of Exceptional Merit”.

The book magazine says of GRACE:

“A gifted Irish author offers another take on his country’s Great Famine through the eyes of a teenage girl as she travels through a land wracked by want.

When a blight hits the potato harvest of 1845, a pregnant widow with four children seeks to spare her 14-year-old daughter, Grace, from hunger, maybe, but certainly from the appetites of her own insatiable lover. She cuts the girl’s hair, dresses her as a boy, and sends her off to seek work. Grace is soon joined by her irrepressible brother Colly, 12, who gives her a few lessons in maleness. Their time together is cut short when he is swept away in a teeming river as they try to salvage a drowned sheep. She lucks into work helping to herd cows, but betrayal and murder await down the drovers’ path. She joins a road crew, but her first period surprises and unmasks her, stirring unwanted interest. A fellow worker saves her from would-be rapists and travels with her on adventures that seem to cover about half of Ireland by foot. Their unmeasurable route is through deepening despair and the hell beyond mere hunger—“past want to a point that is longing narrowed down to the forgetting of all else”—and the descent into crime and then a blackness: indeed, four Sterne-like blank black pages to signify perhaps more than pen can write, even one as eloquent as Lynch’s (The Black Snow, 2015, etc.). Grace walks under “a sky of old cloth and the sun stained upon it.” Elsewhere, “the air is stitched with insects.” And sometimes Lynch seems to move beyond normal language: “A soul being loosened from a whin is shaped like a shout” (whin is gorse and the context is dead souls at dusk).

This is a writer who wrenches beauty even from the horror that makes a starving girl think her “blood is trickling over the rocks of my bones.”

By |April 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on GRACE gets *Kirkus Star* in early review

Third novel GRACE published this autumn

Paul Lynch’s third novel GRACE will be published this year in North America on 11 July by Little, Brown; on 7 September in Ireland and the UK by Oneworld, and in April 2018 by Éditions Albin Michel in France.

GRACE, north American artwork

GRACE, north American artwork

GRACE, a sequel to RED SKY IN MORNING, is the epic story of a young girl and her brother on an Odyssean journey across 19th century Ireland on the eve of the Great Famine.

In advance praise, Edna O’Brien called GRACE “a beautifully written novel with a haunting story and deep echoes of the Ancients”.

Booker-nominated author Donal Ryan called GRACE “a mesmerizing, incandescent work of art. It’s all things together — a tragedy, an adventure, a romance, a coming-of-age, a searing exposition of historical truths; an interrogation of the nature of time and existence. Above all it’s a perfect story, an exhilarating, Odyssean, heart-pounding, glorious story, wrought by a novelist with the eye and the ear and the heart of an absolute master. Paul Lynch is peerless. Grace Coyle, daughter of Coll, will be one of the enduring heroines of world literature.”

The book’s synopsis is as follows: Early one October morning, Grace Coyle’s mother snatches her from sleep and brutally cuts off her hair, declaring, “You are the strong one now.” With winter close at hand and Ireland already suffering, Grace is no longer safe at home. And so her mother outfits Grace in men’s clothing and casts her out. When her younger brother Colly follows after her, the two set off on a life-changing odyssey in the looming shadow of the Great Famine.

To survive, Grace will become a boy, a bandit, a penitent and finally, a woman. A meditation on love, life and destiny, GRACE is an epic coming-of-age novel, and a poetic evocation of the Irish famine as it has never been written.

By |March 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Third novel GRACE published this autumn

The Black Snow shortlisted for Ireland Francophonie Ambassadors’ Literary Award

The Black Snow has been shortlisted for The 2016 Ireland Francophonie Ambassadors’ Literary Award.

The 2016 Ireland Francophonie Ambassadors’ Literary Award shortlist is:

John BanvilleAncient Light, Éditions Robert Laffont, 2014, translated by Michèle Albaret-Maatsch

Sebastian BarryThe Temporary Gentleman, Éditions Joëlle Losfeld, 2014, translated by Florence Lévy-Paoloni

Mary CostelloAcademy Street, Éditions du Seuil, 2015, translated by Madeleine Nasalik

Eimear McBrideA Girl Is a Half-formed Thing, Buchet Chastel, 2015, translated by Georgina Tacou

Paul LynchBlack Snow, Albin Michel, 2015, translated by Marina Boraso

Hugo HamiltonEvery Single Minute, Éditions Phébus, 2015, translated by Bruno Boudard.

By |April 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Black Snow shortlisted for Ireland Francophonie Ambassadors’ Literary Award

New short story on RTE Radio One

RTE Radio 1’s The Book on One will broadcast on Monday 21 March my new short story — The Rage of O’Malley — commissioned by The Singing Fly for its special edition, In the Wake of the Rising, in which 43 writers respond to the cultural legacy of 1916.Stinging_Fly_InTheWakeOfTheRising_grande

The Book on One airs at 11.10pm. You can buy In the Wake of the Rising here. The Rage of O’Malley is the opening short story in the collection.

 

By |March 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on New short story on RTE Radio One

The Black Snow wins Prix Libr’à Nous ‘best foreign novel’

THE BLACK SNOW has won the French booksellers’ award, the Prix Libr’à Nous, for best foreign novel. More than 200 booksellers from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Morocco and francophone Canada voted in the award.

The other finalists for best foreign novel were NEVERHOME by Laird Hunt (Actes Sud) and INTÉRIEURLa neige noir, Paul Lynch NUIT by Marisha Pessl (Gallimard). Last year’s winner was David Peace’s RED OR DEAD.

The award will be conferred in Paris on 10 February. The Black Snow, published as LA NEIGE NOIRE in France by Albin Michel, had also been nominated for the Prix FNAC and the Prix Femina.

In the same week, THE BLACK SNOW also won the inaugural Prix des Lecteurs Privat 2016. The prize was founded by Privat, one of France’s oldest bookshops — established in Toulouse in 1839. The jury voted from a list of 12 French and foreign novels released during France’s literary season, the rentrées littéaires 2015.

Prix Libr’à Nous:

http://www.livreshebdo.fr/article/200-libraires-distinguent-neuf-titres-pour-les-prix-libra-nous

Prix des Lecteurs Privat:

http://www.livreshebdo.fr/article/privat-attribue-son-prix-des-lecteurs-paul-lynch

By |February 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Black Snow wins Prix Libr’à Nous ‘best foreign novel’

Red Sky in Morning a book of the year in Irish Mail on Sunday

The Irish novelist Peter Cunningham has selected RED SKY IN MORNING in the Irish Mail on Sunday as one of his best books of 2015. Under “My Best Read”, Cunningham said, “Lynch is reinventing the way we use language. Red Sky is a mesmerising litany of cadence and inflection laid on a gripping story. Essential reading”.

 

By |December 7th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Red Sky in Morning a book of the year in Irish Mail on Sunday

The Black Snow No 5 in French Booksellers’ Awards

The French booksellers’ awards has voted The Black Snow as one of the five best international novels published in this year’s rentrée littéraire. Three-hundred booksellers voted from a pool of 205 novels in two categories — French and foreign novels, according to Livres Hebdo.

The best international novels were:

Toni Morrison — Issuances (Bourgois)

Marisha Pessl — Interior Night  (Gallimard)

Jon Kalman Stefansson — Moreover, fish do not have feet of (Gallimard)

Javier Cercas — The Impostor (Actes Sud) 

Paul Lynch — The Black Snow (Albin Michel)

 

By |September 26th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Black Snow No 5 in French Booksellers’ Awards