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Head of Zeus
An Unravelling
An Unravelling Elske Rahill

'Rahill is a stylist of the highest calibre...

Molly's voice has a lilting brogue that sings from the page. Rahill's prose is alive with inventive phrasings and imagistic virtuosity, especially in its presentation of the intimate experience of the fleshly body – the maternal body, the cruelly waning body, the body tormented by a conflicted and unravelling mind. I've seldom read a novel so rich in poetry' GUARDIAN.

Molly is now in her eighties and she helps her grand-daughters Cara and Freya bring up their young children with unstinting care. Hers has been a life of unselfpitying service, from her working-class Dublin girlhood to her current status as the wealthy widow of a famous artist.

But her own children, particularly her daughter Eileen, are her life's great failure: unhappy, self-indulgent women who resent the younger generation's apparent freedom from guilt and their unconventional family arrangements. This intricate web of female relationships comes under terrible strain when Molly, her health sapped by her constant efforts on behalf of others, decides to consult the family solicitor about changing her will.

This is a novel of great tenderness in its depiction of the small pleasures of family life and ruthless in its portrayal of the dangerous power of money.

'Powerful ... Heartbreaking and beautifully observed' Irish Times.

Head of Zeus * Fiction
13 Jun 2019 * 496pp * £7.99 * 9781786690999
REVIEWS
'There is a sense of great weight about this book; the characters move through a dense and cloudy atmosphere of fear and suspicion ... Rahill's lyrical prose is constant'
Irish Times
'Rahill is a stylist of the highest calibre: Molly's voice has a lilting brogue that sings from the page. Rahill's prose is alive with inventive phrasings and imagistic virtuosity, especially in its presentation of the intimate experience of the fleshly body – the maternal body, the cruelly waning body, the body tormented by a conflicted and unravelling mind. I've seldom read a novel so rich in poetry'
Guardian
'Powerful ... Heartbreaking and beautifully observed'
Irish Times
'Elske Rahill writes with a lyrical artistry and her words delicately weave the threads of a timeline filled with fierce love and crippling hurt'
Irish Examiner
Author
Elske Rahill
Elske Rahill
Elske Rahill grew up in Dublin and lives in Burgundy, France, with her partner and three children. She is the author of Between Dog and Wolf and the collection of short stories In White Ink, published by Head of Zeus in 2017.
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