Ruth & Pen (Paperback)
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Ruth & Pen (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages
Published: 04/05/2023
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Waterstones Says

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.

Dublin, 7 October 2019.

One day, one city, two women: Ruth and Pen. Neither knows the other, but both are asking the same questions: how to be with others and how, when the world won't make space for you, to be with yourself?

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: 9780241986240
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 181 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Mesmerising . . . I became completely immersed in this emotional, intimate read - Good Housekeeping

[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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Hannah @fictionalhannah

“The Weight of Living”

Wow. Just wow.

Ruth is a woman throwing herself into work after years of fertility problems. Pen is an autistic teenager wanting to fit in. They are both trying to find their own versions of ‘normal’.

Told... More

Hardback edition
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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

Hardback edition
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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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