The Black Snow: A Novel

The Black Snow: A Novel

by Paul Lynch

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Overview

The startling new novel from a brilliant young Irish novelist on the rise, who "has a sensational gift for a sentence" (Colum McCann on Red Sky in Morning).

In Donegal in the spring of 1945, a farmhand runs into a burning barn and does not come out alive. The farm's owner, Barnabas Kane, can only look on as his friend dies and all 43 of his cattle are destroyed in the blaze.

Following the disaster, the bull-headed and proudly self-sufficient Barnabas is forced to reach out to the community for assistance. But resentment simmers over the farmhand's death, and Barnabas and his family begin to believe their efforts at recovery are being sabotaged.

Barnabas is determined to hold firm. Yet his teenage son struggles under the weight of a terrible secret, and his wife is suffocated by the uncertainty surrounding their future. As Barnabas fights ever harder for what is rightfully his, his loved ones are drawn ever closer to a fate that should never have been theirs.

In The Black Snow, Paul Lynch takes the pastoral novel and--with the calmest of hands---tears it apart. With beautiful, haunting prose, Lynch illuminates what it means to live through crisis, and puts to the test our deepest certainties about humankind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316376440
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 05/12/2015
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 461,925
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Paul Lynch was born in 1977 and lives in Dublin. He was the chief film critic of Ireland's Sunday Tribune newspaper from 2007-2011. He has written regularly for the Sunday Times on film and has also written for the Irish Times, the Sunday Business Post, the Irish Daily Mail and Film Ireland. He is the author of Red Sky in Morning.

What People are Saying About This

author of The Spinning Heart - Donal Ryan

"Some of the most beautiful writing I have ever read. Vivid, unsettling and intensely enjoyable."

Kevin Powers

Wonderful. The Black Snow is a staggeringly beautiful book. Immensely powerful, but subtly so. I was mesmerized by it. I read it in one go, but I'll go back to it for sure. --Kevin Powers, author of The Yellow Birds and Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting

author of The Cove - Ron Rash

"Lynch establishes himself as one of his generation's very finest novelists. The Black Snow is a dark, mesmerizing study in obsession, despair, and secrets too long held."

author of The Son - Philipp Meyer

"A brilliant, hypnotic book. You will lose yourself in the sounds and rhythms—Lynch makes the page sing like the old masters."

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