In Niall Williams’ celebration of books, love and the healing power of the imagination, a bedridden daughter of a dead poet searches for her father.

Bedbound in her attic room beneath the falling rain, in the margin between this world and the next, Ruth Swain looks for her father. Sent home from school after a collapse, Ruth is trying to find her father through stories - and through generations of family history in County Clare. In order to do this, Ruthie turns to the three thousand, nine hundred and fifty eight books that her father left behind - which she pledges to work her way through while she still lives.

Longlisted
The Man Booker Prize 2014
Published by
Bloomsbury
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