‘An unusual family, US. There’s Dad, who isn’t here but whose shadow is, Mum who is here but whose heart is broken. There’s Gina who’s sad and Karen who’s not. There’s Victor who’s intelligent and me who isn’t. There was Adam too, who hurt us more than we imagined we could be hurt …’
Us deals with a family’s struggle to survive and keep a grip on sanity when the unspeakable is spoken and its darkest secrets come to light. Set in the Curragh of Kildare against a backdrop of sheep-farming and horse-racing, Us gives a powerful voice to a hidden Ireland.
Us was Martin Malone’s first novel, which won the John B Keane/Sunday Independent award at Listowel Writers Week when first published in 2000. New Island is delighted to republish it as part of its Modern Irish Classics series, which aims to give a new lease of life to some of the best of Irish writing of the last fifty years.
Praise for Martin Malone
‘Ultimately a distinctly Irish book – and a very good one too. Anyone interested in discovering the mundane yet freakish realities of Ireland today (albeit as seen through a very dark filter) should read it’ – Irish American Post
‘Martin Malone writers stories of profound originality. He has a great sense of history and how it can be made special for a modern reader. His work searches out the spirit and language of many countries, and it is enticing from the first sentence … a writer to watch’ – Stand UK
‘This is a vital and readable book which highlights once again the guilt and denial endemic in our society’ – Evening Herald
‘Powerful, disturbing and profoundly moving’ – The Good Book Guide
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