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Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan
Author: Ruth Gilligan

ISBN: 9781782398578
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 27 July 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 15.0 x 2.6
A gorgeous and inventive literary novel about putting down roots in unfamiliar soil; about falling in love so deep that it is impossible to climb back out again; and about how tradition and tales are born, nurtured and handed from one generation to the next.

1901. Cork can sound very similar to New York to foreign ears and tired brains, so it's no surprise that Ruth's family - Jewish refugees fleeing the European pogroms - mistakenly disembark from their boat to America a few stops and a few countries too soon. Still, her father can spin a story like pure silk, so surely Ireland's just a layover till he writes his great play and they can continue their journey west.

1958. He's still not spoken. It's been years since Shem was struck mute at his bar mitzvah, forcing his mother to hand him over to the care of Catholic nuns. There aren't too many of his kind in Ireland let alone in the sanatorium, so it's a lonely existence, but at least his secret is safely locked up in his mouth and kept behind closed doors, where it can never hurt the one person he loves.

2013. Aisling came to London to escape...

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