'It’s hard to pin down a book like A Ghost in the Throat. With its blend of essay, poetry, autofiction, and history, Ní Ghríofa has created something wholly original and devastatingly beautiful. We journey with the author as she navigates motherhood and becomes obsessed with the life and poetry of Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill. In her quest to revive the past, Eibhín's story merges with her own, presenting a portrait of two astonishing women in this work of profound lyrical beauty.'
Recommended by Garrett Keenahan, Dubray Grafton St
A true original. In this stunningly unusual prose debut, Doireann Ni Ghriofa sculpts essay and autofiction to explore inner life and the deep connection felt between two writers centuries apart. In the 1700s, an Irish noblewoman, on discovering her husband has been murdered, drinks handfuls of his blood and composes an extraordinary poem. In the present day, a young mother narrowly avoids tragedy. On encountering the poem, she becomes obsessed with its parallels with her own life, and sets out to track down the rest of the story. A devastating and timeless tale about one woman freeing her voice by reaching into the past and finding another's.
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