All That Is Solid Melts Into Air


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Harper Perennial
Publish Date
5.3 X 8.0 X 0.9 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

DARRAGH McKEON was born in 1979 and grew up in the midlands of Ireland. His debut novel, All That Is Solid Melts into Air, was published in 2014 to widespread international acclaim and was translated into nine languages. Since then, after travelling extensively, he has returned to live in the west of Ireland.


"A startling achievement....McKeon's characters may already have receded into history, but by imprinting their triumphs and tragedies onto the imagination with such visceral empathy, he has given them a deserving afterlife in this powerful novel."--Anthony Marra, New York Times Book Review
"Brilliantly imagined in its harrowing account of the Chernobyl disaster and exhilarating in its sweep, All That Is Solid Melts into Air is a debut to rattle all the windows and open up the ventricles of the heart....McKeon is here to stay."--Colum McCann
"This debut novel is set in 1986, the year of the catastrophe at Chernobyl, and that disaster serves as the dramatic backdrop for the unfolding of action and character.... Serious and thoughtful fiction."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Set amidst the Chernobyl disaster, McKeon's...graceful writing gives depth to his characters as they navigate indelibly changed landscapes and search for connection within chaos."--Booklist
"This startling debut novel is a love story set against the harrowing tale of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.... A promising debut; highly recommended."--Library Journal (starred review)
"This daring and ambitious novel blends historical epic and love story.... Darragh McKeon handles the struggles of his characters with care and compassion and creates a book rich with resonance far beyond its historical moment."--Colm Tóibín
"McKeon's fiction serves up, without cliché, what so many futuristic dystopian novels aspire to: a reminder that human beings can bring about their own demise."--Publishers Weekly