The Thing About December

The Thing About December

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a€˜He heard Daddy one time saying he was a grand quiet boy to Mother when he thought Johnsey couldna€™t hear them talking. Mother must have been giving out about him being a gom and Daddy was defending him. He heard the fondness in Daddya€™s voice. But youa€™d have fondness for an auld eejit of a crossbred pup that should have been drowned at birth.a€™ While the Celtic Tiger rages, and greed becomes the norm, Johnsey Cunliffe desperately tries to hold on to the familiar, even as he loses those who all his life have protected him from a harsh world. Village bullies and scheming land-grabbers stand in his way, no matter where he turns. Set over the course of one year of Johnseya€™s life, The Thing About December breathes with his grief, bewilderment, humour and agonizing self-doubt. This is a heart-twisting tale of a lonely man struggling to make sense of a world moving faster than he is. Donal Ryana€™s award-winning debut, The Spinning Heart, garnered unprecedented acclaim, and The Thing About December confirms his status as one of the best writers of his generation.It was all the one for a finish: the Unthanks arrived in their old Nissan Bluebird on the Tuesday after the terrible Sunday and Johnsey said nothing about the land thing and nor did they and the three of them crossed the haggard and gatheredanbsp;...

Title:The Thing About December
Author: Donal Ryan
Publisher:Random House - 2013-10-24

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