Red Sky in Morning by Paul Lynch
A Novel

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When Coll is burying the Cutter, he unwittingly provides a fitting epigraph for the novel: “The earth corrupt before him and filled with violence.” Lynch's poetic prose is gorgeous. He lovingly crafts every sentence.
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A tense, thrilling debut novel that spans two continents, from "a writer to watch out for" (Colum McCann).

It's 1832 and Coll Coyle has killed the wrong man. The dead man's father is an expert tracker and ruthless killer with a single-minded focus on vengeance. The hunt leads from the windswept bogs of County Donegal, across the Atlantic to the choleric work camps of the Pennsylvania railroad, where both men will find their fates in the hardship and rough country of the fledgling United States.

Language and landscape combine powerfully in this tense exploration of life and death, parts of which are based on historical events. With lyrical prose balancing the stark realities of the hunter and the hunted, RED SKY IN MORNING is a visceral and meditative novel that marks the debut of a stunning new talent.

 

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 November 5, 2013 by Little, Brown and Company. 289 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Sep 04 2013

When Coll is burying the Cutter, he unwittingly provides a fitting epigraph for the novel: “The earth corrupt before him and filled with violence.” Lynch's poetic prose is gorgeous. He lovingly crafts every sentence.

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Reviewed by Alan Cheuse on Nov 04 2013

From the opening lines of the novel...you find yourself in the hands of a lapidary young master...Paul Lynch, "Red Sky in Morning." Sentence by sentence, a debut definitely worth noticing.

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Above average
Reviewed by Emily Donaldson on Dec 05 2013

Some plot points sit awkwardly — a nudge that Faller is Hamilton’s real father still doesn’t justify his ruthlessness and utter lack of compassion — but at all times the gnarled beauty of Lynch’s poetic prose makes this novel a singular achievement.

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