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Rain Falls on Everyone by [Ní Chonghaile, Clár]
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Length: 288 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Praise for Fractured

'A turbulent journey to the world's most forgotten corners...' --Celeste Hicks

'Compelling; relentless; visceral. A hugely-timely and incisive page-turner of a novel.' --Damien Lewis

'It will keep you up all day and night.' --North County Leader


Clar's book is a gripping thriller which manages to bring two very different worlds into synergy. She succeeds in creating a truly three dimensional African protagonist - a rare thing in popular fiction - helping us to feel both compassion and frustration at Theo's choices (Celeste Hicks)

A fast-paced, powerful and emotional novel deftly crafted and shot through with insight, empathy and poetic beauty. As worlds collide, a gripping story of belonging, identity, memory, culpability and forgiveness unfolds, creating a poignant and profound novel for our times (Deborah Andrews, author of Walking the Lights)

Powerful, thought-provoking, and at times horrifying; yet also a compelling story of friendship against all the odds (Nick Brownlee)

Sex, drugs and....Irish poetry meets deep Africa in the most unusual of settings. This visceral novel's imagery will stay with you for a while (Rosie Garthwaite)

With the same assured touch that we saw in her debut novel, Clár Ní Chonghaile here weaves a vivid, moving but never sentimental tale, with deft characterisation, luminous detail and generous flashes of humour. From the very first page I knew I was in good hands (Léan Cullinan, author of The Living)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 738 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Legend Press (15 July 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LZ2ES5N
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #152,335 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
This is a tough novel. The main character, Theo, is a survivor; not only of Rwanda’s genocide and his particular experience of it, but of life in Dublin. This book describes life in the raw, the underbelly of Dublin life, of life in any city, and the things that people do to survive it. Theo’s technique is honesty, as he knows that his foster family did their loving, struggling best to put him back together after his tearful arrival at seven years old. They keep in contact, enquire about what he is doing, try to keep him in their lives. Theo knows that in many ways he has succeeded in surviving, getting this far, getting a degree that fate has decided is not really worth much. He knows that he could have done better, that there have been and are people who care. To survive he must keep his wits about him, see people for what they really are, think about the possibilities of what those he encounters are capable, and incapable, of doing in this life. A life of interconnections and the support that can be negative as well as positive.
The book opens with an incident from which Theo must escape, lie low, disappear. We follow his journey as a reflection of the earlier journey from his first life. Fear, in this novel, can take many forms.
The other person involved in this mysterious incident is Deirdre. Older if not wiser than Theo, she lives a life of fear and regret as her husband’s brutality makes her question everything she has done, everything she is in life. She has teenage children, with their own problems and agendas, a child who she can see is beginning to outgrow the capacity for simple love. Her job, her life, is a sad one, where she knows that a fresh start is the only real cure, but she is stuck.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This powerful and absorbing novel tells the story of Theo, a young Rwandan boy who miraculously survived the genocide and managed to escape to build a new life in Dublin. But of course it’s not that easy to put behind such trauma as he experienced in his native land and it’s not surprising that his new life turns out to be no fairy tale and that he makes some bad choices along the way. Ireland and Rwanda seem an unlikely juxtaposition but the author merges the two countries in a way that seems real and authentic and it is clear that “rain falls on everyone, lightning strikes some”. (Mary Doria Russell) There are dark themes to be confronted here – themes of memory, motherhood, racism, prejudice and survival against all the odds. As well as Theo, the novel also focuses on an older woman Deirdre whom he meets at work, and their unlikely friendship moves the narrative along. Both these and all the minor characters are complex, well-rounded and well-delineated and the dialogue always seems fresh and authentic. As Theo’s life spirals out of control, the reader becomes more and more involved and all in all this is a deeply moving novel about what binds us together as well as what drives us apart. Highly recommended.
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Format: Paperback
Outstanding. I don’t honestly know if anything else I write can say it better.
This is a superb, disturbing and utterly compelling novel which deserves to win an award. But then I don’t get to have a say about awards. I do get to have a go at describing how this book makes me feel, so here goes.
The voice of Dublin is very strong in Rain Falls on Everyone (I’ve lived there on and off over the years), and the first thing I loved about this book was how totally natural all the dialogue is. Two sentences and I’m hearing the chatter of people I know, people who live on everyday streets and have the same hopes and fears as the rest of us. Then there are also the people I know nothing about. The Dublin families with loved ones who err on the wrong side of the law, who are terrified of getting on the wrong side of the drugs gangs, who find an artificial safety in choosing not to ask too many questions.
As if that isn’t enough to go on, Clár Ní Chonghaile throws young Theo into the mix, a Rwandan refugee who embraces everything Irish, even its poetry, and finds his own way to deal with the prejudice he grows up with. What Theo can’t deal with are the half-formed memories of final moments with his family, when the Tutsi/Hutu hatred reaches out to snare them all in a snapshot of horror which is to haunt him over and over again.
I’m in total awe of this author’s storytelling abilities. The novel has everything you could wish for (love, fear, weakness, family tumult, poetry, history, philosophy and even fables) but each of these elements is a perfect part of a perfect whole. It reads like a fast-paced thriller, yet you’re rooting for the young lovers, for the beaten wife, for the young man struggling with what he believes to be the guilt of his heritage.
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