Eggshells

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HarperCollins Publishers, Sep 20, 2018 - Fiction - 288 pages
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WINNER OF THE ROONEY PRIZE 2018

A modern Irish literary gem for anyone who has felt like the odd one out.

‘Inventive, funny and, ultimately, moving’ GUARDIAN

‘Wildly funny’ THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

‘Beguiling’ THE IRISH TIMES

‘Delightfully quirky’ THE IRISH INDEPENDENT

Vivian is an oddball.
An unemployed orphan living in the house of her recently deceased great aunt in North Dublin, Vivian boldly goes through life doing things in her own peculiar way, whether that be eating blue food, cultivating ‘her smell’, wishing people happy Christmas in April, or putting an ad up for a friend called Penelope to check why it doesn’t rhyme with antelope. But behind her heroic charm and undeniable logic, something isn’t right. With each attempt to connect with a stranger or her estranged sister doomed to misunderstanding, someone should ask: is Vivian OK?

A poignant and delightful story of belonging that plays with the myth of the Changeling and takes us by the hand through Dublin. A poetic call for us all to accept each other and find the Vivian within.

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User Review  - Citizenjoyce - LibraryThing

I just finished Eggshells by Caitriona Lally which won the Rooney Prize for "an outstanding body of work by an emerging Irish writer under forty years of age" in 2018. I have to say, when I first ... Read full review

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User Review  - flydodofly - LibraryThing

The marketing for the book worked, so I bought it, but while reading did not really get what it was about. There were some fun moments and clever ways of formulate thoughts, interestinf thoughts, too. But on the overall - it somehow did not really deliver on expectations. Read full review

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About the author (2018)

CAITRIONA LALLY studied English Literature in Trinity College Dublin. She has had a colorful employment history, working as an abstract writer and a copywriter, as well as a home helper in New York and an English teacher in Japan. She has traveled extensively around Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America. Caitriona was shortlisted for “Newcomer of the Year” in the Irish Book Awards in 2015.

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