The Thing About December (Donal Ryan)

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ISBN: 9781586422288
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Published: Steerforth - August 26th, 2014

Johnsey Cunliffe is having a hard year. After both his parents die in quick succession, the simple, goodnatured Johnsey is forced to take care of the family’s farm and financials--tasks he sorely lacks the mental capacity to accomplish. Meanwhile, all around Johnsey, Ireland’s unprecedented 21st century economic boom surges. Developers and townsfolk set avaricious sights on the Cunliffe land. The local bullies torment him incessantly. And yet, in the midst of this turmoil, the unexpected salve of love and friendship blossom. But will it be enough?

The follow-up to Ryan’s astounding debut, THE SPINNING HEART, THE THING ABOUT DECEMBER is another near-perfect novel from this young talent. Composed in an endearing, conversational brogue dialect and containing an emotional depth you could drown in, Ryan defies the concept of a sophomore slump. His uncanny, Faulkner-esque ability to delve into both the psyches of individuals and entire communities is masterful. Characters pop off the page as full-formed entities. Some you will come to love. Others you will hate just as passionately.

THE THING ABOUT DECEMBER will fill your heart before breaking it. You will cry. You will laugh. You will learn that, as Johnsey Cunliffe would say, Donal Ryan is the fecking truth!

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