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The Deadwood Encore

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What to expect

A brilliantly inventive and often funny story of family and identity, inheritance and birthright, ambiguous loss and finding your way, Frank Walsh’s voice will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading.

Frank Whelan is the seventh son of a seventh son, so by now should have inherited his father’s legendary healing power, but still hasn’t managed to graduate beyond small-time skin afflictions.

He already feels adrift when his twin, Bernie, reveals a life-changing decision that calls into question everything Frank thought he knew about his place in the family. And then he discovers his father had been keeping secrets of his own.

And so Frank turns to an unlikely source for guidance and finds himself on a quest for answers… from this world, and the next.

A boundlessly inventive novel about the past’s hold over the present, set in an Irish community alive with old magic and extraordinary possibility, The Deadwood Encore is an electrifying debut from one of Ireland’s most acclaimed short-fiction authors.

Critics Review

  • ‘Brilliant, full of vitality and voice … Kathleen Murray is a masterful writer of dialogue.’ – KEVIN BARRY

    ‘A flat-out page-turner. There’s so much here to delight in – fizzing dialogue, offbeat characters, flights of fancy and mad escapades […] Kathleen has the guts to take on what’s miraculous and eerie, and spins Frank’s story shrewdly, irreverently, and fondly.’ – LISA McINERNEY

    ‘So much to admire in The Deadwood Encore: a free-wheeling, demotic freshness of manner, a sustained emotional intensity – and a small Irish town brought to life with vividness and bone-dry wit. What a remarkable debut from Kathleen Murray.’ – NEIL HEGARTY

    The Deadwood Encore is a warm, thoughtful, funny novel from a wise, inventive and gifted new writer.’ – LIA MILLS

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