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Grace

by Paul Lynch

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Grace by Paul Lynch
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  • First Published:
    Jul 2017, 368 pages
    Paperback:
    Jun 2018, 368 pages

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A sweeping, Dickensian story of a young girl on a journey across nineteenth-century Ireland on the eve of the Great Famine.

Harrowing. Gorgeous. Epic. Grace, Paul Lynch's coming of age novel about a young woman, is set during the catastrophic Irish potato famine.

Fourteen-year old Grace is cast out by her mother, told only, "You are the strong one now." Grace doesn't understand why she must leave, only that she must. But this is no punishment—her mother is trying to save her. Her hair cut short, her clothes swapped with her absent father's, Grace begins her journey from the poverty of Donegal's Black Mountain to find work and bring money home.

The odds are stacked against her. Grace has no education, no one to guide her. Only after enduring the Great Hunger (see Beyond the Book), and almost dying, can she be reborn, stronger, ready to make her own choices.

Grace finds a job working with cattle, for which she is unqualified but makes the most of. When the herd is stolen, she...

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