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Headwreck (Paperback)

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Emer Martin is an original, radical and vital voice in Irish writing. Her first novel, Breakfast in Babylon (1996), won Book of the Year 1996 at the Listowel Writers' Week. Martin was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts in 1999. Her most recent, critically acclaimed, novel, The Cruelty Men (Lilliput 2017), was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Novel of the Year Award 2019 and challenges a history of silence, institutional lies, evasion and the mistreatment of women in mid twentieth-century Ireland.

Headwreck by Emer Martin is both a stand-alone work and continuation of the fictionalized epic intergenerational family saga, from 1970 to the present day. It follows the story of the O'Conaills, an Irish-speaking family who had moved from Kerry to the Meath Gaeltacht, and the disasters that ensue for their children in Irish institutions. Told from Mary O'Conaill's perspective, the voice in the novel is that of a natural storyteller with a finely tuned ear for language and symbolism, lending shape to the historical traumas endured by its characters.

Fiction & PoetryHistorical FictionSagasFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: The Lilliput Press Ltd Publication Date: 01/06/2023 ISBN-13: 9781843518334  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Emer Martin is a Dubliner who has lived in Paris, London, the Middle East, and New York, and is now living in California, where she teaches writing, painting, and resisting. Her first novel, Breakfast in Babylon won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award 1996. Her second, More Bread or I'll Appear, was published in 1999. Baby Zero, her third novel, appeared in 2007 across Ireland and the United Kingdom. She was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000 and founded the publishing cooperative Rawmeash in 2014. Her most recent novel, The Cruelty Men, was published by The Lilliput Press in 2018.

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