Strange Flowers
Donal Ryan

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Narrated By: Donna Anita Nikolaisen

Duration: 5 hours and 58 minutes

What to expect

In 1973, twenty-year-old Moll Gladney takes a morning bus from her rural home and disappears.

Bewildered and distraught, Paddy and Kit must confront an unbearable prospect: that they will never see their daughter again.

Five years later, Moll returns. What - and who - she brings with her will change the course of her family’s life forever.

Beautiful and devastating, this exploration of loss, alienation and the redemptive power of love reaffirms Donal Ryan as one of the most talented and empathetic writers at work today.

'Endlessly surprising and incredibly moving' David Nicholls

'With each new novel Donal Ryan's ink seems to sink deeper into the page. In Strange Flowers he gathers together the fragments of broken lives and makes us something new and beautiful from them'
Rónán Hession, author of Leonard and Hungry Paul

'Exquisite … you will love the quiet world of Paddy & Kit Gladney and all it is their daughter Moll brings to their door. Beautiful' Anne Griffin, author of When All Is Said


Family life fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction, Fiction: general & literary, Narrative theme: Love & relationships, Narrative theme: Death, grief, loss, Narrative theme: Interior life

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A triumph ... Ryan slowly and beautifully reveals the way that even broken people can open the door fully to the truth of themselves

Independent, Best Books of 2020

His moving story of love and loss deserves to win a host of awards. It's an outstanding read

Sunday Express

Endlessly surprising and incredibly moving

David Nicholls

I think you have to truly love people to write like this

Rachel Joyce

Here is love as a weapon and a balm. Love as faith, fate and redemption ... a gorgeously wrought book - compassionate without dissolving into nostalgia