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The Rye Man
     

The Rye Man

by David Park
 

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Returning to rural Northern Ireland for a fresh start, John Cameron takes on the role of headmaster at his old primary school. But as dark memories are disturbed and his marriage falters, Cameron is left feeling powerless in this fractured community. Driven by unresolved grief and tormented by his waking dreams, he is forced to confront his past as he struggles to

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Returning to rural Northern Ireland for a fresh start, John Cameron takes on the role of headmaster at his old primary school. But as dark memories are disturbed and his marriage falters, Cameron is left feeling powerless in this fractured community. Driven by unresolved grief and tormented by his waking dreams, he is forced to confront his past as he struggles to prevent history from repeating itself.

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“To write well about Ulster while keeping terrorism from monopolizing the foreground is infinitely hard. This wise, sincere, troubling novel shows how it should be done.” —The Times

“To pull off this sort of story satisfactorily demands a skill in timing and a clarity in presentation which are beyond most novelists, but Park doesn't put a foot wrong.” —The Sunday Telegraph

“Park is an excellent writer: psychologically astute, lyrically unflinching.” —The Daily Telegraph

“One of the shrewdest observers of the way we live.” —The Independent

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780224033039
Publisher:
Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/27/1994
Pages:
201

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David Park has written eight books, including The Big Snow, The Truth Commissioner, and The Poets' Wives. He has won the Authors' Club First Novel Award, the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize, the American Ireland Fund Literary Award, and received a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. He has been shortlisted for the Irish Novel of the Year Award three times and, in 2014, was longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. He lives in Northern Ireland.

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