Friday 18 September 2015

Book Beginnings on Fridays - A Slanting of the Sun

Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted by Rose City Reader and as she says the idea of this meme is for you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name. There's a linky list on the website and you can use #BookBeginnings on Twitter.


My book beginning this week is from A Slanting of the Sun which is a short story collection by Donal Ryan. I loved his first two novels so was excited to get this from Netgalley. It is published on 24th September by Doubleday & Transworld Digital. I think it's impossible to read these first few sentences and not want to continue.


She cries sometimes, without noise. I know not to talk, only to leave my hand under hers on the gearstick. Where were you all the time before the court case, she asked me once, early on. 


 A Slanting of the Sun 

Book Description:

An old man looks into the fearful eyes of a burglar left to guard him while his brother is beaten; an Irish priest in a war-torn Syrian town teaches its young men the art of hurling; the driver of a car which crashed, killing a teenage girl, forges a connection with the girl’s mother; a squad of broken friends assemble to take revenge on a rapist; a young man sets off on his morning run, reflecting on the ruins of his relationship, but all is not as it seems.

Donal Ryan’s short stories pick up where his acclaimed novels The Spinning Heart and The Thing About December left off, dealing with the human cost of loneliness, isolation and displacement. Sometimes this is present in the ordinary, the mundane; sometimes it is triggered by a fateful encounter or a tragic decision. At the heart of these stories, crucially, is how people are drawn to each other and cling on to love, often in desperate circumstances.

In haunting and often startling prose, Donal Ryan has captured the brutal beauty of the human heart in all its hopes and failings.




  1. A very emotional quote.
    Your link at Rose City Reader doesn't work. I had to choose Home. Just FYI.

    1. Thanks Elizabeth, I've added the correct link now. Enjoy your weekend

  2. I love that cover and your tease drew me right in. Enjoy!
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  3. That quote makes me want to jump in this short story collection. Thanks for sharing!

    Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings).

  4. The themes of this collection sound I want to know more! Here's mine: “HOUSE OF GLASS”


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