From the author of Tangleweed and Brine comes a dark, hypnotic retelling of the Irish myth, The Children of Lir, framed by the narration of Aife, the witch who transformed children into swans.
A dark, feminist retelling of The Children of Lir told in Sullivan's hypnotic prose.
Aife marries Lir, a chieftain with four children by his previous wife. Jealous of his affection for his children, the witch Aife turns them into swans for 900 years.
Retold through the voice of Aife, Savage Her Reply is unsettling and dark, feminist and fierce, yet nuanced in its exploration of the guilt of a complex character. A dark & witchy feminist retelling from the author of Tangleweed and Brine.
Publisher: Little Island
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 230 x 150 mm
'The writing is so beautiful, sharp as a knife - you're bleeding before you know you've been cut ... It's such a fierce, bitter kiss of a book.' - Melinda Salisbury
'Deirdre Sullivan breathes magnificent, fiery life into one of Ireland's oldest stories. Nothing will ever be the same.' - Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
'A bounteous larder of a book with all the bewitching ingredients needed for a potent magical retelling of a classic fairytale. The result - An evocative, poetic and enigmatic brew that is bold, striking, confident and keeps you hungry for more.' - Laura Dockrill
'Not a single word is out of place: like a poem, or a spell.' - Tara Flynn
'Stirring and shocking, a feat of absolute poetry.' - Sarah Maria Griffin
'Unsettling, haunting, and darkly lyrical, Savage Her Reply is a beautiful thing.' - Louise O'Neill
'No-one else writes like Deirdre Sullivan. She is lyrical, poetic and thoroughly intoxicating.' - Juno Dawson
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