The Butchers' Blessing

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Tin House Books
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6.6 X 10.2 X 1.0 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Ruth Gilligan is a graduate of Cambridge and Yale, and now works as a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham. She contributes regular literary reviews to The Guardian, Los Angeles Review of Books, Irish Independent, and the Times Literary Supplement.


Grips throughout, offering a vivid portrait of one of Ireland's less heralded corners.
A contemplative coming-of-age thriller. . . . An atmospheric portrait of a country at a crossroads, moving away from the traditional ways and toward a slick new millennial future. Thoroughly lovely.
Remarkable. . . . With beautifully crafted prose, suspenseful plotting, and imaginative scope.
Flawlessly, intricately plotted, with such a compelling central mystery that I binged it like a Netflix show. . . . Stunning.--Luke Kennard, author of The Transition
I was hooked from the first page. It was an exhilarating, unsettling reading experience: I felt at once like an outsider and completely at home as I read and was at all times completely immersed and wowed at Ruth's storytelling prowess.--Donal Ryan, author of From a Low and Quiet Sea
An achingly beautiful novel of family, tradition, Ireland and the deep secrets buried in all three.
Steeped in the rich history of Ireland.
Gilligan braids beauty and brutality together in a seamless literary thriller. With plot twists worthy of Tana French and language reminiscent of Téa Obreht, this young Irish writer has crafted a story that is dark, wild, mythic, unsuspecting, and absolutely riveting.--Colum McCann, author of Apeirogon
Excellent . . . completely gripping.--Evie Wyld, author of The Bass Rock
Remarkable. . . . Realistic and hauntingly otherworldly.--Jan Carson, author of The Fire Starters
A gripping tale of menace and foreboding.