Prophet Song


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Atlantic Monthly Press
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5.4 X 8.4 X 1.5 inches | 0.85 pounds
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About the Author

Paul Lynch is the author of the novels Red Sky in Morning, The Black Snow, Grace, and Beyond the Sea. Grace won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2018 and was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction and the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing 2018. The Black Snow won France's Prix Libr'à Nous for Best Foreign Novel and was a finalist for the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger (Best Foreign Book Prize). He lives in Dublin with his wife and two children. His website is


An NPR Best Book of the Year

A Biggest Book of Fall from The Guardian

"If there was ever a crucial book for our current times, it's Paul Lynch's Prophet Song . . . A brilliant, haunting novel." - Guardian (UK)

"An exceptionally gifted writer, Lynch brings a compelling lyricism to [Eilish's] fears and despair while he marshals the details marking the collapse of democracy and the norms of daily life. His tonal control, psychological acuity, empathy, and bleakness recall Cormac McCarthy's The Road (2006) . . . Captivating, frightening, and a singular achievement. " -- Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"Irish writer Lynch (Beyond the Sea, 2020) conveys the creeping horror of a fascist catastrophe in a gorgeous and relentless stream of consciousness illuminating the terrible vulnerability of our loved ones, our daily lives, and social coherence. Eilish muses over the fragility of the body, its rhythms and flows, diseases and defenses. The body politic is just as assailable. A Booker Prize finalist, Lynch's hypnotic and crushing novel tracks the malignant decimation of an open society, a bleak and tragic process we enact and suffer from over and over again." --Booklist, Starred Review

"A masterclass in empathy, offering a bird's eye view of the steady crushing of one's ability to live somewhere safely, the dismantling of ordinary life by tyranny. I hope everyone reads this." -- Suzanne Harrington, The Irish Examiner

"Utterly believable... compassionate, propulsive and timely." -- Financial Times (UK)

"Chillingly plausible." -- Irish Times

"A tremendous achievement." -- Irish Examiner

"Lynch does an excellent job of showing just how swiftly -- and plausibly -- a society like ours could collapse. Certain sequences read like a thriller -- readers will find themselves literally holding their breath -- while others are rendered in beautiful, lyrical prose.... A devastating portrait." -- Independent (IE)

"In his typically lyrical, lulling style, Lynch pulls off a masterstroke." -- Big Issue

"A book of encroaching terror... Darkly lyrical, rich... affecting" -- Telegraph (UK)

"Timely and unforgettable . . . It's a remarkable accomplishment for a novelist to capture the social and political anxieties of our moment so compellingly." -- The Booker Prize 2023 judges

"A superb novel . . . one of the best I've read in years." --Deadly Pleasures

"I haven't read a book that has shaken me so intensely in many years... The comparisons are inevitable - Saramago, Orwell, McCarthy - but this novel will stand entirely on its own." -- Colum McCann, author of Apeirogon

"Surely one of the most important novels of this decade." -- Ron Rash, author of Serena

"Monumental... you remember why fiction matters. It's hard to recall a more power