'Martin Toppy is the son of a famous Traveller and the father of my unborn child. He's seventeen, I'm thirty-three. I was his teacher. I'd have killed myself by now if I was brave enough. I don't think it would hurt the baby. His little heart would stop with mine. He wouldn't feel himself leaving one world of darkness for another, his spirit untangling itself from me.' Melody Shee is alone and in trouble. Her husband doesn't take her news too well. She doesn't want to tell her father yet because he's a good man and this could break him. She's trying to stay in the moment, but the future is looming - larger by the day - while the past won't let her go. What she did to Breedie Flynn all those years ago still haunts her. It's a good thing that she meets Mary Crothery when she does. Mary is a young Traveller woman, and she knows more about Melody than she lets on. She might just save Melody's life. Donal Ryan's new novel is breathtaking, vivid, moving and redemptive.
"Donal Ryan, the king of the new wave of Irish writers, turned in a democratic work of genius this year. I was entranced by it. Buckled by it." Sebastian Barry Guardian Books of the Year
Donal Ryan, geboren 1976 in Nenagh, im Süden Irlands, studierte Bauingenieurwesen und Jura in Limerick, wo er bei der Staatlichen Behörde für Arbeitnehmerrechte beschäftigt ist. Für seine Romane wurde er bereits mit zahlreichen Preisen ausgezeichnet. Donal Ryan lebt mit seiner Frau und zwei Kindern in Castletroy, Limerick.