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The Spinning Heart

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ISBN: 9781586422240
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Published: Steerforth - February 25th, 2014

It is a beautifully constructed book. Elegant as well as eloquent. I think he is going to be as strong a voice as Roddy Doyle for Irish Literature. I found Ryan to be as astute and "Brilliant" as Anne Enright without the brutality and undercurrent of personal detritus. I also found Ryan's honest reflection of humanity without the Irish romanticism refreshing. The Spinning Heart speaks clearly in an Irish voice but lacks the false Irish Paddiness that is often seen as Irishness. This book made me homesick for Ireland, it's been 13 years since my last trip there. I will look forward to more of Donal Ryan eagerly. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Cottage at Glass Beach by Heather Barbieri - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062107978
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 7th, 2013

this is a true "Romantic" book. It is a love story of mothers and daughters, women and the sea. With a hint of magic. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780143121077
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Published: Penguin Books - April 24th, 2012

Ok, so this is not exactly an easy read. But it rings true and is based on fact. This is about the first Native American who went to Harvard, caught between worlds and cultures, love and loss and knowledge. Above all of Geraldine Brooks's books. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


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