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by Belinda McKeon

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LoveReading View on Solace

One of our Debuts of the Year 2011.


September 2011 Debut of the Month.

With some absolutely stunning rave reviews from established authors Solace is as tender as it is heartbreaking and a brilliant debut from an exciting new voice in Irish fiction. Solace is a work to be admired for its spare, intense lyricism, its range, and its deeply compassionate portrayal of life as it is lived now.

Solace Synopsis

Mark Casey has left home, the rural Irish community where his family has farmed the same land for generations, to study for a doctorate in Dublin, a vibrant, contemporary city full of possibility. To his father, Tom, who needs help baling the hay and ploughing the fields, Mark's pursuit isn't work at all, and indeed Mark finds himself whiling away his time with pubs and parties. His is a life without focus or responsibility, until he meets Joanne Lynch, a trainee solicitor whom he finds irresistible. Joanne too has a past to escape from and for a brief time she and Mark share the chaos and rapture of a new love affair, until the lightning strike of tragedy changes everything.

Solace Press Reviews

'A wonderful novel. I was deeply moved by the story.  An outstanding debut.' John Boyne, author of The Boy in Striped Pyjamas


'It's a powerful and beautifully paced novel.' Catherine Flynn, author of Costa winner, What was Lost


'An elegant, consuming and richly inspired novel. A superb debut. This one will last.' Colum McCann


'A novel of quiet power, filled with moments of carefully-told truth ...this book will appeal to readers both young and old.  It will be much-loved and a treasured book by readers everywhere.' Colm Toibin


'A story of clear-eyed compassion and quiet intelligence.' Anne Enright

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ISBN: 9780330529860
Publication date: 26/04/2012
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780330529846
Publication date: 05/08/2011
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780330529846
Publication date: 5th August 2011
Author: Belinda McKeon
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback
Genres: Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction,

About Belinda McKeon

Belinda McKeon, an award-winning playwright, was born in Ireland in 1979. She studied literature at Trinity College, Dublin, and is a contributor to the Irish Times. McKeon has an MFA from Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn with her husband.   Author photo © Hiroki Kobayashi

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