Grace and the Great Hunger

Looking for a late-summer read? Maybe some fiction for a change of pace?

Grace, a new novel by Paul Lynch, was recently reviewed in the Washington Post and described as “a girl’s haunting struggle for survival during the Irish Potato Famine.” The 14-year-old title character is banished from her family when the harvest fails. Grace follows her year-long adventures through western Ireland, from Donegal to Limerick.

Reviewer Jon Michaud praises the lyrical writing and gripping story. I have to admit I was a tiny bit dissuaded by his description of the book as “a bleak picaresque that reads like a hybrid of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.” Not what you’d call ‘light reading’.

Check out Michaud’s book review and decide for yourself:

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