A Novel

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"Early one October morning, Grace's mother snatches her from sleep and brutally cuts off her hair, declaring, "You are the strong one now." With winter close at hand and Ireland already suffering, Grace is no longer safe at home. And so her mother outfits her in men's clothing and casts her out. When her younger brother Colly follows after her, the two set off on a remarkable odyssey in the looming shadow of their country's darkest hour. The broken land they pass through reveals untold suffering as well as unexpected beauty. To survive, Grace must become a boy, a bandit, a penitent and, finally, a woman--all the while afflicted by inner voices that arise out of what she has seen and what she has lost."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780316316309
Branch Call Number: LYNCH
Characteristics: 354 pages ; 25 cm


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grammy2oo Oct 28, 2018

“Their ghost-selves in the window have stopped to watch the occupants of an eating shop, the certain angles of the shoulders haunched over tables, hands forking and cutting... Their blood is red with nourishment, she thinks, while my own blood is trickling over the rocks of my bones, and though you can learn to ignore hunger, not to give it a single thought, hunger is always thinking of you.”

I finished “Grace” two weeks ago and am still reeling from emotion. Best book I’ve read in years - and I’m a librarian.

Dec 07, 2017

When Grace is forced to leave home she takes a road of difficulty and hardship accompanied by companions and tricksters along the way. It took me, as a reader, a bit to get used to the journey as it did Grace. The bleakness was dark and the narrative rich in myth and fancy.

Nov 13, 2017

Had problems reading.
So many sayings & words used not my language.

smc_1 Nov 10, 2017

Wow!! I devoured Grace - a wrenching, bleak, compelling, gorgeously-written book about the Irish famine, life/death, haves/have nots, courage/fear, resilience/despair. Did I mention that the writing is astounding?!! At a climactic point in the novel, I think I stopped breathing. Not to be missed.

Oct 06, 2017

The story of Grace Coyle's journey through Ireland's An Gorta Mor. Haunting and lyrical it is the most devastating look into that terrible time without the need for any political comment.

Jul 21, 2017

Being familiar with this author, I knew the writing in this book would be excellent and I thought the story sounded wonderful. As it turns out, I didn't fully appreciate this book until a few weeks after I finished it. It is dense and somber and occasionally slow and I struggled to stay with it at times. Yet I haven't stopped thinking about it since I finished it and have picked it up several times to re-read certain sections of it, enjoying it much more the second time around. It really is an excellent story and I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates strong literary writing.

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