Donal Ryan's now-successful debut, "The Spinning Heart." (Doubleday UK)
“I was literally speechless [when I heard],” Ryan told the Limerick Leader. “I was getting phone calls from people and I couldn’t speak.”
“The Spinning Heart” is actually Ryan’s second attempt to write a novel. According to the Independent of Dublin, it was “plucked out of the slush pile” by an intern working at the appropriately named Lilliput Press in Dublin. That intern then “raved about it” to publisher Anthony Farrell who, in another lucky twist of fate, actually listened to the intern and read the manuscript.
“The Spinning Heart” is told from the points of view of 21 people struggling to survive the modern day Great Recession (as we call it on this side of the pond) in a rural village in southwest Ireland.