Grace by Paul Lynch
A Novel

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Traditionally, as with a good musician, the mark of a good novelist is the illusion of effortlessness. Lynch doesn’t do effortless...Yet Lynch’s lush, poetic prose deliberately and painfully acts as a foil to the reality of the famine.
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A sweeping, Dickensian story of a young girl on a life-changing journey across nineteenth-century Ireland on the eve of the Great Famine

Early one October morning, Grace'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 her in men's clothing and casts her out. When her younger brother Colly follows after her, the two set off on a remarkable odyssey in the looming shadow of their country's darkest hour.

The broken land they pass through reveals untold suffering as well as unexpected beauty. To survive, Grace must become a boy, a bandit, a penitent and, finally, a woman-all the while afflicted by inner voices that arise out of what she has seen and what she has lost.

Told in bold and lyrical language by an author who has already been called "one of his generation's very finest novelists" (Ron Rash, author of The Risen), Grace is an epic coming-of-age novel and a poetic evocation of the Irish famine as it has never been written.

 

About Paul Lynch

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Paul Lynch was born in 1977 and is a novelist and critic. He was the chief film critic of Ireland's Sunday Tribune from 2007 to 2011. He writes regularly for the London Sunday Times on film and has also written for the Irish Times, the Sunday Business Post, the Irish Daily Mail, and Film Ireland. He appears regularly on Irish radio and is a member of the Dublin Film Critics Circle. In 2011, the Irish Times called him one of Ireland's "finest film writers." He lives in Dublin.
 
Published July 11, 2017 by Little, Brown and Company. 369 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Star Tribune

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Reviewed by JON MICHAUD on Aug 07 2017

Unlike the have-it-alls and the well-to-doers, the readers of this novel will care a great deal about the fates of Grace and her fellow travelers.

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Reviewed by Katharine Grant on Sep 01 2017

Traditionally, as with a good musician, the mark of a good novelist is the illusion of effortlessness. Lynch doesn’t do effortless...Yet Lynch’s lush, poetic prose deliberately and painfully acts as a foil to the reality of the famine.

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