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Strange Flowers

A novel by


Longlisted for the Dublin Literary Awards

“Mr. Ryan writes conspicuously beautiful prose… The fleeting happiness and abiding melancholy of the asymmetry, heightened by the intimately rendered surroundings, brings out Mr. Ryan’s most sensuous and emotive writing.”
The Wall Street Journal

From the Booker nominated author of
The Queen of Dirt Island, Donal Ryan's new novel follows the Gladney family across three generations seeking the true meaning of what it is to find home and love.

In 1973, twenty-year-old Moll Gladney takes a morning bus from her rural home in Ireland and disappears. Bewildered and distraught, Paddy and Kit must confront an unbearable prospect: that they will never see their daughter again.

Five years later, Moll returns from London. What - and who - she brings with her will change the course of her family's life forever. Beautiful and devastating, this exploration of loss, alienation and the redemptive power of love reaffirms Donal Ryan as one of the most talented and empathetic writers at work today.

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"A book so exquisite in its language it pushes me to want to write better … you will love the quiet world of Paddy & Kit Gladney and all it is their daughter Moll brings to their door. Beautiful." - Anne Griffin

"With each new novel Donal Ryan's ink seems to sink deeper into the page. In Strange Flowers he gathers together the fragments of broken lives and makes us something new and beautiful from them." - Rónán Hession

"Endlessly surprising and incredibly moving." - David Nicholls

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