An old man looks into the fearful eyes of a burglar left to guard
him while his brother is beaten; an Irish priest in a war-torn 'syrian
town teaches its young men the art of hurling; the driver of a car
which crashed, killing a teenage girl, forges a connection with the
girl’s mother; a squad of broken friends assemble to take revenge on
a rapist; a young man sets off on his morning run, reflecting on the
ruins of his relationship, but all is not as it seems.
Ryan’s short stories pick up where his acclaimed novels The
'spinning Heart i>and The Thing About December i>left off,
dealing with the human cost of loneliness, isolation and displacement.
'sometimes this is present in the ordinary, the mundane; sometimes it
is triggered by a fateful encounter or a tragic decision. At the heart
of these stories, crucially, is how people are drawn to each other and
cling on to love, often in desperate circumstances.
In haunting and
often startling prose, Donal Ryan has captured the brutal beauty of
the human heart in all its hopes and failings. p>
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