Back Bay Books
On Sale: June 26, 2018
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A sweeping, Dickensian story of a young girl on a
life-changing journey across nineteenth-century Ireland on
the eve of the Great Famine
Early one October morning, Grace's mother snatches her
from sleep and brutally cuts off her hair, declaring, "You
are the strong one now." With winter close at hand and
Ireland already suffering, Grace is no longer safe at home.
And so her mother outfits her in men's clothing and casts
her out. When her younger brother Colly follows after her,
the two set off on a remarkable odyssey in the looming
shadow of their country's darkest hour.
The broken land they pass through reveals untold suffering
as well as unexpected beauty. To survive, Grace must become
a boy, a bandit, a penitent and, finally, a woman-all the
while afflicted by inner voices that arise out of what she
has seen and what she has lost.
Told in bold and lyrical language by an author who has
already been called "one of his generation's very finest
novelists" (Ron Rash, author of The Risen),
Grace is an epic coming-of-age novel and a poetic
evocation of the Irish famine as it has never been written.
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