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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (5 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571229751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571229758
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 649,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A beautifully written story of a young musician ... Kilroy is
easily one of the best young writers around.' -- John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

'A delightfully inventive and wholly engrossing novel.'
-- Irish Times

'Dramatic and lyrical by turns.' -- The Times

'Grips from the first note.' -- Daily Telegraph, April 14, 2007

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Tenderwire by Claire Kilroy: 'Captivating, it skilfully fuses the literary novel with the thriller.' (Irish Times)

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor Fitzsimons on 27 April 2007
Format: Paperback
What a relief to read a book by a young female Irish author that cannot be classified under the dreaded CHICK-LIT heading! No shopping, chardonnay or missives from beyond the grave. Instead Claire Kilroy, who has been justifiably compared with Patricia Highsmith, has written a compelling and edgy book with a quirky antihero in the form of violinist Eva Tyne. Eva is quite ruthless and thoroughly disreputable in her pursuit of perfection. She is as highly strung as her violin, can be vain and foolish and exhibits a persistent inability to behave appropriately. Her decisions are freewheeling and driven by instinct and emotion and her life is caught up in constant confusion and paranoia. Yet this is behaviour that is perhaps forgivable in a violin virtuoso and undoubted genius, and her flashes of vulnerability are endearing. This is a compelling and extremely accessible story that twists and turns until the last page. Lyrically written and backed up by evidence of thorough research there is nothing lazy or hackneyed about Kilroy's style and I look forward to reading more from this talented author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 May 2012
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"Tenderwire," the second novel from the new, highly-literate young Irish writer Claire Kilroy, recently released, comes bearing rave reviews from prestigious publications, and comparisons to such superb mystery novelists as Ruth Rendell and Patricia Highsmith. (Her debut novel All Summer was awarded the 2004 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.) Kilroy, who was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and now resides in that city, has chosen to set this crime drama in New York.

The writer has, for sure, created a woman's book. Her protagonist, Eva Tyne, is a young Irish violinist who's living and working in a musical New York. Soon after her solo debut, her life takes various odd and raucous turns; among other happenings she meets a man in a bar, Alexander, who claims to be Chechen, and to have available for sale a Stradivarius, a rare, historic violin, cheap. The book's not really a mystery, nor a thriller, but it has elements of both that aid its already quick-moving action to unspool even faster.

Kilroy has a unique, sharp-tongued voice. Her story is highly entertaining, also highly engaging. Her descriptions of New York, and particularly of the Lower East Side days and nights lived there by ambitious young women come from far places to establish themselves, are closely observed. Early on she tells us:" The neon thermometer across the street read 22F. That city was always issuing its inhabitants with status reports. It liked to keep you informed of how it was getting on, to make you feel part of the whole thing, make you feel like a New Yorker. The success of the endeavour depended on participation. If you didn't feel part of it, you couldn't tolerate it anymore.
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In Claire Kilroy's "Tenderwire," protagonist Eva Tyne, an aspiring solo violinist, is confronted with her deepest desire: to possess a newly-discovered Strad offered at a fraction of its market value. As the novel opens, Eva, who relocated from Ireland to pursue her musical dreams, has a painful debut which results in a rush to the hospital (the full impact of this isn't revealed until the end of the novel). Afterwards, dulled by painkillers, she sets out into the night and meets Daniel in a hotel bar. Daniel, a handsome Latino investment banker, seems destined to be a one-night stand, but will play a significant role in Eva's life. Soon after, Eva runs into Alexander, a sketchy "antiques" dealer from Chechnya, who shows her what he says is an undiscovered Stradivarius. Every fiber of Eva's being is burning to possess the marvelous instrument, leading her into a web of deception that grows ever larger until the novel's climax. She resorts to lying to gather up the huge sum of six hundred thousand dollars that Alexander is asking. There's even a bit of globetrotting as Eva flies to concerts in Cologne and back home to Ireland. I didn't get as much of a feel for New York City as a leading role, though; most of the action takes place in Eva's apartment or in concert halls, with few recognizable landmarks.

The cast of characters, including Eva's parents, her love interests, her nosy New York neighbor, and her rival / roommate Valentina, really brings the story to vivid life. Eva is dealing with her own personal demons, including a breakup, insecurity, and the fallout from her late father's disappearance. The purchase of the "Magdalena," as Eva dubbed it, marks the rapid unraveling of her previous life.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mia on 6 May 2007
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If you like a well written literary thriller that keeps you turning the pages but also fulfills your need for some excellent writing, this is the perfect book. A young Dublin violinist performing in New York, whilst drowning her sorrows, is presented with a violin (a stolen Stradavarius?) by a very shady character, and she is determind to raise the funds to get her hands on it. Her beautiful cat Ming, so wonderfully brought to life (Ming is clearly based on a real-life friend of the author!) suffers Eva's highs and lows as Eva's search for the money further complicates her present relationships and dredges up memories of her disappeared father...
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