Ruth & Pen (Hardback)
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Ruth & Pen (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 05/05/2022
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Tender-hearted and imbued with the same candid compassion as her acclaimed essay collection Notes to Self, Pine's exquisite debut novel traces the rich inner and outer lives of two Dublin women across a single day.

The brilliant debut novel from Emilie Pine, author of the international bestseller Notes to Self.

Dublin, 7 October 2019. One day, one city, two women: Ruth and Pen. Neither known to the other, but both asking themselves the same questions: how to be with others and how, when the world doesn't seem willing to make space for them, to be with themselves?

Ruth's marriage to Aidan is in crisis. Today she needs to make a choice - to stay or not to stay, to take the risk of reaching out, or to pull up the drawbridge. For teenage Pen, today is the day the words will flow, and she will speak her truth to Alice, to ask for what she so desperately wants.

Deeply involving, poignant and radiantly intelligent, it is a portrait of the limits of grief and love, of how we navigate our inner and outer landscapes, and the tender courage demanded by the simple, daily quest of living.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241393666
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 377 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Mesmerising . . . I became completely immersed in this emotional, intimate read * Good Housekeeping *
Emilie Pine writes about the big things and the little things: friendship, love, fertility, grief; waking, showering, catching the bus. She did so in her startling collection of essays Notes to Self, and she does it again in this, her equally startling debut novel Ruth & Pen -- Chloe Ashby * The Spectator *
[An] uplifting debut novel . . . joy is a vital ingredient in Ruth & Pen * The Observer *
The debut novel from the author of the personal essay collection Notes to Self is a poignant, raw exploration of the courage needed to find your space in the world * i *
Impressive . . . Pine explores with great acuity and tenderness the restorative, capacious nature of love. A wise and lovely book * Daily Mail *
Pine makes her chapters playful, writing with a friendly curiousness that brings to mind Ali Smith . . . Pine's measured yet tender juxtaposition of the women's days doesn't draw overly neat parallels so much as prove that one needs the other - younger needs older, optimist needs pessimist, introvert needs extrovert. And our opposites might help us find clarity * i *
[Ruth & Pen] finds heartbreaking beauty in our everyday lives . . . There is a real tenderness in the way in which Pine writes about the teenage girls in the novel * The Irish Times *
Pine reinforces her reputation as one of the most empathetic writers in the country * The Irish Examiner *
There's no doubting the novel's basic integrity; its warmth, its undogmatic interest in ordinary lives, and the impressive range of its imaginative sympathies -- Kevin Power * The Irish Times *
Moving and raw . . . Pine's ability to enter the heads of two such different characters is a sure sign of literary promise * The Sunday Times (Ireland) *
This book is an intimate portrait of love and grief, and the tender, fragile courage required just to live each day * Irish Country Magazine *
A confident walk through the lives of others, two women seeking their place in the world and a peace in themselves * RTE Guide *

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Katy Wheatley

“Intimate, Devastating and Poignant”

Ruth's marriage may be falling apart. Pen is a teenager who wants her friend Alice to love her. Both women struggle to express themselves but know that they must. Knowing that you must, however, is not the same... More

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“Two different lives come together in this book about relationships”

Emilie Pine's debut novel moves between Ruth, who is a 43 year old therapist, struggling with her marriage, and Pen, a 16 year old trying to navigate her relationships as well as wider issues like the global... More

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“Emotionally charged”

I found this hard work to begin with as the characters seemed lacking in definition, however they developed great depth over time.
These two individuals are struggling with their place in the world, the pressures and... More

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