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About the Author
Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955. He is the first novelist twice to win the Costa Book of the Year award, for Days Without End and The Secret Scripture, and has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. The current Laureate for Irish Fiction, he lives in County Wicklow, Ireland.
"This earnest tale will stay with readers."-- "Publishers Weekly"
"A page-turner with heart and soul...Like all of Barry's best fiction, it examines life from an angle that makes it look as fresh as a new moon."-- " The Times (London)"
"Barry knows that it is too much to look for redemption in a story like Winona's, but in his telling he shows that love offers at least a spark of hope."-- "Financial Times (London)"
"The reader may be grateful for...the endearing, confiding voice of Winona...It's her touchingly resilient spirit that gives the book its beating heart."-- "Irish Times (Dublin)"
"His work reminds us how much we need these rare gifts of the natural storyteller, for reckoning with our past and present."-- "The Guardian (London)"
"A poetic sensibility runs through this luminous novel...Highly recommended."-- "Library Journal (starred review)"
"This beautifully rendered historical...is equal parts thrilling and meditative."-- "Booklist"