The Butchers' Blessing by Ruth Gilligan - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781947793781
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Published: Tin House Books - November 10th, 2020

A vividly imagined tale of late 20th century Ireland at the center of which a group of butchers carry on an eerie tradition of slaughtering cattle for farmers who still believe in warding off an ancient curse. It is the subplots that take center stage in this literary page-turner though. The wife and daughter of one of the butchers try to make sense of their lives while he is away for eleven months of the year. A young photographer shows up in the area seeking that one career-defining picture. Other characters take part in cattle smuggling as Mad Cow Disease creates panic in England. And if you like twists, just keep reading this wholly original, beautifully written artistic achievement. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

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