Books by Donal Ryan

FROM A LOW AND QUIET SEA by Donal Ryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"Ultimately, this is a novel that is long on character development but lacking a center."
A quiet novel involving subtle studies of character, both Irish (not surprising) and Syrian (rather more surprising). Read full book review >
ALL WE SHALL KNOW by Donal Ryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"Emotionally intense, deeply engaging, and profound."
Set in contemporary Ireland, this is a novel of self-sacrifice, penance, and circumscribed possibilities for happiness, narrated with great compassion and written with elegant lyricism. Read full book review >
THE THING ABOUT DECEMBER by Donal Ryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Cunningly written, the novel gives us a glimpse into the underside of modern Irish life."
Hapless Johnsey Cunliffe lurches through life in contemporary Ireland, experiencing the deaths of his parents and facing an uncertain future. Read full book review >
THE SPINNING HEART by Donal Ryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

"Disturbing and unnerving but ultimately beautiful."
Irish author Ryan's debut takes readers to the "heart" of hardscrabble life in Ireland in the era after the economic boom and bust of 2008. The novel received Book of the Year honors at the Irish Book Awards. Read full book review >