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Eggshells (Paperback) (Caitriona Lally)

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Vivian doesn't feel like she fits in-never has. She lives alone in a house in North Dublin that her great-aunt left her. She has no friends, no job and few social skills. She knows she is different. Before they died, her parents used to tell her she was a 'changeling' who belonged to another world. Each day, she walks the streets of Dublin, looking for a way to get there, but she never finds one. After all, Dublin has a certain charm, but no actual magic. Instead of a way out, will Vivian find a way to feel like she belongs here in this world? Rooted in Dublin's Northside, Eggshells is a whimsical, touching story about loneliness, friendship and hope.

'Delightfully quirky... Vivian's voice alone is enough to keep us reading, charmed by her unique brand of manic, word-hoarding wit.'- Irish Independent.

'A wonderful debut, funny and touching, with skillful wordplay at work.'- Irish Examiner.

'Highly original, Lally has a unique voice as a writer.'- Sunday Independent.

'A fairy tale of contemporary Dublin. Edgy and eloquent, a remarkable debut.'- Declan Kiberd.

'The book's style calls to mind The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. Engaging and humorous. The perfect gift to send to expats of Dublin.' -Dublin Inquirer.

'Eggshells expresses a Joycean sense of the ordinary. A brilliantly realized first-person narrative... a memorable debut.'- Totally Dublin.


“In Vivian’s poignant mission to “find my way home”, she is reminiscent of a WG Sebald character – a lost soul sentenced to wander the streets in search of a home that no longer exists. In Vivian’s case, home never did exist – yet she persists. Always thwarted, and yet somehow never crushed, she whispers “safe safe safe” to herself and gets on with her quest. To sustain such an odd voice is a difficult task. Lally pulls it off by being inventive, funny and, ultimately, rather moving.”
Claire Kilroy, The Guardian

“Lally has created a character which will remain forever etched in my mind. Vivian is a woman who many would cross the road to avoid, yet could enrich the lives of others. Her idiosyncrasies may seem extreme and would make you wonder if such a character would survive without access to cash on a regular basis (not really touched on in the novel)… Eggshells is such a clever read, using the protagonist as a way of making the reader question the accepted 'norms' of our everyday lives… It is full of sincerity, spacial awareness, a reverse view of today's expectations and an massively memorable character. Highly recommended for lovers of Irish literary fiction...”

“…Catriona Lally has created a character of almost maddening originality… in Eggshells Lally has managed to create something truly unique, and it will interesting to see where
Number of Pages: 253
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Casemate Pub & Book Dist Llc
Author: Caitriona Lally
Language: English
Street Date: September 19, 2015
TCIN: 46777405
UPC: 9781909718999
Item Number (DPCI): 247-52-1782

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