From a Low and Quiet Sea

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Published by: Doubleday

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3.83, based on 3,141 reviews.

Goodreads says:

Farouk’s country has been torn apart by war.Lampy’s heart has been laid waste by Chloe.John’s past torments him as he nears his end.The refugee. The dreamer. The penitent. From war-torn Syria to small-town Ireland, three men, scarred by all they have loved and lost, are searching for some version of home. Each is drawn towards a powerful reckoning, one that will bring them together in the most unexpected of ways.

Waterstones says:

Waterstones Irish Book of the Month for April 2019

Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2018

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018.

Let me tell you something about trees. They speak to each other. Just think what they must say. What could a tree have to say to a tree? Lots and lots. I bet they could talk forever. Some of them live for centuries. The things they must see, that happen around them, the things they must hear.

Farouk's country has been torn apart by war.

Lampy's heart has been laid waste by Chloe.

John's past torments him as he nears his end.

The refugee. The dreamer. The penitent. From war-torn Syria to small-town Ireland, three men, scarred by all they have loved and lost, are searching for some version of home. Each is drawn towards a powerful reckoning, one that will bring them together in the most unexpected of ways.

Tender and powerful, From a Low and Quiet Sea is a thought-provoking novel of loss, redemption and homecoming, from the author of the Man Booker Prize-nominated novel The Spinning Heart.


Rating breakdown

★★★★★
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3.83 out of 5 stars (3,141 ratings)
5 26% (804 ratings)
4 41% (1,296 ratings)
3 26% (803 ratings)
2 6% (188 ratings)
1 2% (50 ratings)

About Donal Ryan

Donal Ryan is the author of the novels The Spinning Heart, The Thing About December, the short-story collection A Slanting of the Sun, and the forthcoming novel All We Shall Know. He holds a degree in Law from the University of Limerick, and worked for the National Employment Rights Authority before the success of his first two novels allowed him to pursue writing as a full-time career. ...
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