All That is Solid Melts into Air (Paperback)
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All That is Solid Melts into Air (Paperback)

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Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 02/04/2015
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All That is Solid Melts into Air is an exceptionally moving novel of interwoven lives, set amidst one of the most iconic disasters in living memory: Chernobyl.

'Daring, ambitious, epic, moving' Colm Toibin

Coloured sheets of paper fall from the sky. This is their first indication that something serious has happened. Each sheet bears a message: you have three hours to evacuate, bring only one suitcase. From their balconies they can see a dark column of smoke rising above the nuclear plant. For the people of Pripyat, these are the last moments they will spend in their homes. For a child piano prodigy, a dissident factory worker, a broken-hearted surgeon and unknowing others, this disaster will change their lives forever . . .

'Shocking, vivid . . . sweeps with epic confidence across lives' Sunday Independent

'Astonishing . . . A page-turner' Irish Times

'A stunning debut' Guardian

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241964675
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 278 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This daring and ambitious novel blends historical epic and love story with a moving description of the Chernobyl disaster and the fall of the Soviet Union. A book rich with resonance far beyond its historical moment -- Colm Toibin
Brilliantly imagined, exhilarating in its sweep; McKeon creates a thrilling appearance of ease, while he delves deep and forges new territory for the contemporary novel. Daring, generous and beautifully written, All That is Solid Melts into Air marks the beginning of a truly significant career. I cannot say it loud enough: McKeon is here to stay -- Colum McCann
Powerful and moving ... a supremely accomplished social novel ... What makes McKeon's vision so compelling is that the system this novel describes is not merely Russian, nor communist, but universal -- John Burnside * Guardian *
His description of the explosion at the Ukrainian nuclear plant is a stylistic high point ... recalls Don DeLillo's Underworld ... disturbing ... convincing ... a tense denouement * Independent *
An outstanding debut novel ... portraying inconceivable horrors and acts of incredible beauty in luminously understated prose ... McKeon makes us care ... skilfully drawing us into their worlds before and after the explosion ... devastating * Metro *
A book to be devoured, tragic and funny and sad and beautiful and sensual and shocking and, ultimately, utterly transcendent ... crackles with the whip-smart propulsion of a thriller, while immersing its reader in the rich inner turmoils of its characters * Image *
Fascinating, with ... the ferocious grip of a rollercoaster thriller ... this book is beautifully written ... generous with elegantly turned phrases ... Skilfully crafted, thoughtful, poetic, well-judged ... [a] flawless pearl * Irish Independent *

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“One to read”

Wow, this was an unforgettable read. Three lives entwined. How one day life can change forever. This is about the lives of two children and an adult and all that surrounds them in their separate lives. Worth reading.

Hardback edition
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“Terrifying and beautiful”

Not only is this one of the best books I have read so far this year, but it is also one of the best looking ones too (seriously, never before has a dust jacket looked so gorgeous!). Set in Russia, Belarus and the... More

Hardback edition
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“Poetic intertwinning of history and people's lives”

I was lucky enough to attend a reading of this book and advance copy at a book festival and recommend it.
It is a book centred on the Chenobyl disaster. It focuses on several different people and families from... More

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