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Publisher Description

Three intertwining voices span the twentieth century to tell the unknown story of the Jews in Ireland. A heartbreaking portrait of what it means to belong, and how storytelling can redeem us all.

At the start of the twentieth century, a young girl and her family emigrate from Lithuania in search of a better life in America, only to land on the Emerald Isle instead. In 1958, a mute Jewish boy locked away in a mental institution outside of Dublin forms an unlikely friendship with a man consumed by the story of the love he lost nearly two decades earlier. And in present-day London, an Irish journalist is forced to confront her conflicting notions of identity and family when her Jewish boyfriend asks her to make a true leap of faith. These three arcs, which span generations and intertwine in revelatory ways, come together to tell the haunting story of Ireland’s all-but-forgotten Jewish community. Ruth Gilligan’s beautiful and heartbreaking Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan explores the question of just how far we will go to understand who we really are, and to feel at home in the world.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2017
January 24
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
400
Pages
PUBLISHER
Tin House Books
SELLER
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
SIZE
2.6
MB

Customer Reviews

NCavillones ,

A Frustrating End

From the outset, the reader knows the lives of the three character are intertwined. The story unfolds little by little, allowing the reader to start finding the thread slowly, winding it round and round until it begins to unspool. Fascinating story, well-drawn characters.

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