The Dancers Dancing: A Powerful Coming-of-Age Novel

The Dancers Dancing: A Powerful Coming-of-Age Novel

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By (author) Eilis Ni Dhuibhne

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  • Publisher: Blackstaff Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 25mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 15 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Belfast
  • ISBN 10: 0856408603
  • ISBN 13: 9780856408601
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 255,381

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'Four girls sit on rocks in the middle of the stream: a dark plump girl; a girl whose hair burgeons from her head in a mane of light; another with long white legs and short black shorts, clipped jet hair; a willowy branch of a girl, blonde. The sun shines though green leaves, glancing off chestnut water and all the hair...' It is 1972: a group of teenagers, some from Dublin, some from Derry, spend a month in the Donegal Gaeltacht, learning Irish language and culture from their teachers and the local people they are boarding with. Liberated for the first time from the restricting reins of parental control, they respond to the untamed landscape of river, hill and sea, finding in it unnerving echoes of their own submerged - and now emerging - wildnesses. Hailed as 'one of the most compelling exercises in the female Bildungsroman' and shortlisted for the Orange Prize for fiction, The Dancers Dancing is an acknowledged classic by one of our most important Irish writers. If you enjoyed The Dancers Dancing, you might also enjoy Eilis Ni Dhuibhne's novel Fox, Swallow, Scarecrow and her short story collection The Shelter of Neighbours.

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Eilis Ni Dhuibhne was born in Dublin. She was educated at University College Dublin and has a BA in English and a PhD in Irish Folklore. She worked for many years as a librarian and archivist in the National Library of Ireland and now teaches on the MA for Creative Writing at University College Dublin and for the Faber Writing Academy. She is a member of Aosdana. The author of more than twenty books, including five collections of short stories, several novels, children's books, plays and many scholarly articles and literary reviews, her work includes The Dancers Dancing, Fox Swallow Scarecrow and The Shelter of Neighbours. www.eilisnidhuibhne.com

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With a delicate touch not unlike Arundhati Roy's in The God of Small Things, Ni Dhuibhne sneaks under the ill-fitting skin of her metamorphosing Derry and Dublin cast. Their stories unravel in shifting voices with all the wisdom and perspective of an omniscient narrator. Sunday Business Post Ni Dhuibhne's writing is marvellous, building layers of impression until a complex, vital and true-false picture of liberation is revealed. Irish Times Her observations are lemon-fresh, her writing beautiful, witty and wry. Sunday Express Eilis Ni Dhuibne in The Dancers Dancing has produced one of the most compelling and understated exercises in the female Bildungsroman. -- Declan Kiberd