That They May Face the Rising Sun


by McGahern, John | Fiction
Published 05/11/2009 by FABER & FABER in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 320 pages

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Now a major motion picture: the Booker-shortlisted author’s last novel: a ‘masterpiece’ (Observer) by ‘one of the greatest writers of our era’ (Hilary Mantel)

Joe and Kate Ruttledge have come to Ireland from London in search of a different life. In passages of beauty and truth, the drama of a year in their lives and those of the memorable characters that move about them unfolds through the action, the rituals of work, religious observances and play. We are introduced, with deceptive simplicity, to a complete representation of existence – an enclosed world has been transformed into an Everywhere.

‘McGahern brings us that tonic gift of the best fiction, the sense of truth, the sense of transparency that permits us to see imaginary lives more clearly than we see our own.’ John Updike

‘Wise and compelling… Elegiac and graceful.’ David Mitchell

‘I have admired, even loved, John McGahern’s work since his first novel.’ Melvyn Bragg