A Novel
by Roisín O'Donnell

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From an unforgettable new voice in Irish fiction, a heart-pounding, life-affirming story about one woman trying to leave her marriage and start over
On a bright spring afternoon, Ciara Fay makes a split-second decision that will change everything. Grabbing an armful of clothes off the clothesline, she straps her...
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Published By Algonquin Books

Format Hardback

Number Of Pages 400

Publication Date 02/18/2025

ISBN 9781643755700

Dimensions 6 inches x 9 inches

"Nesting is a perfect portrayal of the insidious nature of intimate partner abuse where the bruises are not physical, but violently emotional. I fell in love with the voice of Ciara as she sets out to create a new life against all odds for herself and her children. A story of bravery, love, and redemption, chock full of emotional suspense—I couldn't look away. A high-wire act of a debut."

— Chelsea Bieker, author of Madwoman and Godshot

"Such a moving, heartfilled, urgent book."

— Jan Carson, author of The Raptures

"O’Donnell tackles the unsettling cruelties and manipulations of coercive control with insight and emotional complexity. The voice is authentic, vivid and important. The final dedication to ‘anyone trapped in a place that does not feel like home’ says everything. Emotionally charged, psychologically nuanced and full of compassion and possibility, I read with my heart in my mouth."

— Una Mannion, bestselling author of Tell Me What I Am

"A dazzling debut, pin-sharp in its depiction of the insidious hooks of behind-closed-doors coercive control. O'Donnell handles her heroine's pain and potential power with nuanced, page-turning aplomb. I was gripped to the end."

— Cristín Leach, author of Negative Space

Previous Praise for Roisín O’Donnell:
'A beautiful collection from an interesting new author who handles space and time – those two bugbears of the short-story writer – with uncanny ease, fluidity and absolute grace.'

— Irish Independent, on Wild Quiet