From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan
A Novel

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It becomes clear that this book is both hard-hitting and uplifting: it serves as an indictment of the care industry, but also a tribute to the way humans care for one another.
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A new moving novel of three men, each searching for something they have lost, from the award-winning and Man Booker nominated author Donal Ryan.

For Farouk, family is all. He has protected his wife and daughter as best he can from the war and hatred that has torn Syria apart. If they stay, they will lose their freedom, will become lesser persons. If they flee, they will lose all they have known of home, for some intangible dream of refuge in some faraway land across the merciless sea.

Lampy is distracted; he has too much going on in his small town life in Ireland. He has the city girl for a bit of fun, but she's not Chloe, and Chloe took his heart away when she left him. There's the secret his mother will never tell him. His granddad's little sniping jokes are getting on his wick. And on top of all that, he has a bus to drive; those old folks from the home can't wait all day.

The game was always the lifeblood coursing through John's veins: manipulating people for his enjoyment, or his enrichment, or his spite. But it was never enough. The ghost of his beloved brother, and the bitter disappointment of his father, have shadowed him all his life. But now that lifeblood is slowing down, and he's not sure if God will listen to his pleas for forgiveness. Three men, searching for some version of home, their lives moving inexorably towards a reckoning that will draw them all together.
 

About Donal Ryan

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Donal Ryan is from Nenagh in County Tipperary. He wrote the first draft of The Spinning Heart in the long summer evenings of 2010, and has also completed a second novel. He lives with his wife Anne Marie and two children just outside Limerick City.
 
Published July 17, 2018 by Penguin Books. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Star Tribune

Good
Reviewed by Katherine A. Powers on Jul 27 2018

A fourth part is a happier affair and brings the three stories together with pleasing ingenuity. The plot has a nice snap, but the novel’s true excellence lies in Ryan’s skill in moving the story along through the thoughts of his characters.

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Excellent
Reviewed by JOHN BOYNE on Mar 30 2018

This is a superb novel, from a writer building a body of work the equal of any today. His books are filled with love and righteous anger, most of which lurks darkly beneath the surface ready to explode like an ill-judged comment at a family gathering.

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Above average
Reviewed by Alice O'Keeffe on Mar 11 2018

It becomes clear that this book is both hard-hitting and uplifting: it serves as an indictment of the care industry, but also a tribute to the way humans care for one another.

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