Strange Flowers: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Ryan, Donal
Subject:  FICTION / Cultural Heritage
  FICTION / Family Life
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Published: June 2021
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 8.00in x 5.31in
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From the Booker nominated author of From a Low and Quiet Sea, Donal Ryan's new novel follows the Gladney family across three generations seeking the true meaning of what it is to find home and love.

In 1973, twenty-year-old Moll Gladney takes a morning bus from her rural home in Ireland and disappears. Bewildered and distraught, Paddy and Kit must confront an unbearable prospect: that they will never see their daughter again.

Five years later, Moll returns from London. What - and who - she brings with her will change the course of her family's life forever. Beautiful and devastating, this exploration of loss, alienation and the redemptive power of love reaffirms Donal Ryan as one of the most talented and empathetic writers at work today.
Review Quote*"Ryan (From a Low and Quiet Sea) impresses with this gorgeous and meticulous multigenerational family saga…Fans of Sebastian Barry and Anne Enright will love this delicate and lush portrait." -Publishers Weekly

"Here is love as a weapon and a balm. Love as faith, fate and redemption... a gorgeously wrought book - compassionate without dissolving into nostalgia."

"One of the greatest Irish novels of this century so far." -Sunday Independent

"Endlessly surprising and incredibly moving." -David Nicholls

"A big-hearted, beautiful work of art, full of truth and intensity." -Kit de Waal

"Donal Ryan is giving us characters - their angles and their language - that we haven't seen in Irish literature before." -Roddy Doyle

"Mr. Ryan... the heir apparent to the late, great Irish stylists John McGahern and William Trevor."
The Wall Street Journal
Biographical NoteDonal Ryan is the author of The Spinning Heart, The Thing About December, A Slanting of the Sun, All We Shall Know, and From a Low and Quiet Sea which have all been published to major acclaim. The Spinning Heart won the Guardian First Book Award, the EU Prize for Literature (Ireland), and Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize. From a Low and Quiet Sea was nominated for the Booker. Donal holds a Writing Fellowship at the University of Limerick. He lives with his wife Anne Marie and their two children just outside of Limerick.