Melody Shee is a pregnant Irish woman who finds herself alone and adrift. Her husband Pat has left her after finding out she is pregnant with another man's child. What he doesn't know is that the other man is a teenager Traveller, part of an ethnic group known for their nomadic and volatile ways. Melody tries to find the boy but he has left the area and she instead meets his cousin Mary with whom she forms an intense relationship. What follows is a heart-breaking yet compassionate story of two brave but vulnerable women. Donal Ryan creates a dream-like world that is powerful and deeply engaging. This is simply a lovely book with beautiful, poetic writing.— Claire
A breathtaking and redemptive novel from the award-winning and Man Booker nominated author Donal Ryan Melody Shee is alone and in trouble. At 33 years-old, she finds herself pregnant with the child of a 17 year-old Traveller boy, Martin Toppy, and not by her husband Pat. Melody was teaching Martin to read, but now he's gone, and Pat leaves too, full of rage. She's trying to stay in the moment, but the future is looming, while the past won't let her go. It's a good thing that she meets Mary Crothery when she does. Mary is a bold young Traveller woman, and she knows more about Melody than she lets on. She might just save Melody's life. Following the nine months of her pregnancy, All We Shall Know unfolds with emotional immediacy in Melody's fierce, funny, and unforgettable voice, as she contends with her choices, past and present.
About the Author
Donal Ryan is the author of The Spinning Heart, The Thing About December, and A Slanting of the Sun, which have all been published to major acclaim. The Spinning Heart won the Guardian First Book Award, the EU Prize for Literature (Ireland), and Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize. Donal holds a Writing Fellowship at the University of Limerick. He lives with his wife Anne Marie and their two children just outside of Limerick.