Holding Her Breath


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$27.99  $26.03
Mariner Books
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5.9 X 9.1 X 1.1 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Eimear Ryan's writing has appeared in Granta, Winter Papers, The Dublin Review and The Stinging Fly. She is the 2021 Writer in Residence at University College Cork. She is a co-founder of the literary journal Banshee and its publishing imprint, Banshee Press. A native of Co. Tipperary, Eimear now lives in Cork city.


"Holding Her Breath does not feel like a debut novel; it shows the deft assurance of someone who has spent years training for this. ... A sparsely written, emotionally affecting coming of age story. ... Feels entirely fresh." --Irish Times
"Explores love, desire, and the secrets of the past with the background of student life. And it does so deftly, with complex, but fully realised characters, and is so accomplished; so wonderfully written and thought through, that it's hard to imagine it's a debut at all. I absolutely loved it." --Irish Examiner
"Whip smart observations and addictive prose." --Sunday Telegraph
"Ryan's depiction of starting college, making friends and embarking on your first real romance is very assured, and she handles the familial and friendship dynamics very well. The mystery of the family narrative drives the plot, culminating in a satisfying ending. A refreshing, accomplished debut.--Irish Independent
"A delicious read ... a nimble account of student life with a darkly enjoyable undercurrent of secrecy and emotional turmoil.--Sara Baume, author of Spill Simmer Falter Wither
"From the first sentence to the last, this is a great piece of writing--precise, sure, engaging, and a joy to read." --Roddy Doyle, Booker Prize-winning author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha and Love
"Brilliant, vivid - I enjoyed this book ENORMOUSLY." --Marian Keyes, internationally bestselling author of Grown Ups
"Written with a wonderful clarity and insight, Holding Her Breath lingers in the imagination. Beth's unravelling and re-ravelling is drawn with great skill and empathy. A brilliant debut." --Donal Ryan, Booker Prize-nominated author of Strange Flowers
Through the dark sky of our times, Eimear Ryan arrives like a comet, a bright talent scorching through every page. To read this book is to feel it blaze to life. I can't stop thinking about it.--Doireann Ní Ghríofa, author of A Ghost in the Throat
A secret relationship, a family's tragic past, and a woman learning to be herself are all the makings of a great story, and I'm looking forward to reading this Irish writer's debut.--Literary Hub, Most Anticipated Books of 2022