The Dancers Dancing by Eílís Ní Dhuibhne

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It is 1972. A group of teenage girls are sent to the Donegal Gaeltacht to improve their Irish and experience the local culture. 

Liberated for the first time from the reins of parental control, they respond to the untamed landscape of river, hill and sea, finding in it unnerving echoes of their own submerged – and now emerging – wildnesses.

Praise for The Dancers Dancing

‘Éilís Ní Dhuibhne in The Dancers Dancing has produced one of the most compelling and understated exercises in the female Bildungsroman.’

Declan Kiberd

‘With a delicate touch not unlike Arundhati Roy’s in The God of Small Things, Ní Dhuibhne sneaks under the ill-fitting skin of her metamorphosing Derry and Dublin cast. Their stories unravel in shifting voices with all the wisdom and perspective of an omniscient narrator.’

Sunday Business Post 

‘Ní Dhuibhne’s writing is marvellous, building layers of impression until a complex, vital and true-false picture of liberation is revealed.’

Irish Times

‘Her observations are lemon-fresh, her writing beautiful, witty and wry.’

Sunday Express


About Eílís Ní Dhuibhne

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Published October 9, 2007 by Blackstaff Press. 296 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Two of them, fat misfit Orla and effortlessly perfect Aisling, assume center stage in the mild drama, although Dhuibhne sketches a large cast of supporting characters, including other students and the families the girls board with in Donegal.

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