The place is Dublin. The time is the present. Five characters - two Irish, three from eastern Europe, all seeking success from wildly different starting points - become entangled with one another in a web of politics, property, sex and violence. Chris Binchy's novel is a beautifully observed portrait of a place and a time, and a thrillingly paced story of an unforgettable group of characters brought together by circumstance, ambition and need.
- Paperback | 272 pages
- 1 x 1 x 1mm | 145g
- 04 Jun 2009
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
'The best novel of the Celtic Tiger yet published' Joseph O'Connor 'Finely paced, expertly plotted and astutely observed' - Dermot Bolger, Sunday Independent 'A tremendously well-written book ! wide-ranging, complex, profound and very satisfying' Irish Independent 'A rattling tale of culture clash and frenzied capitalism. Binchy nails modern Dublin as a night-town of violence, sex and criminality, where the streets are paved with broken dreams and teeth.' RTE Guide 'Brilliantly illuminating ! about identity, about home, about morality. Most of all, though, Open-handed is a good read.' Irish Times
About Chris Binchy
Chris Binchy was born in 1970. He studied English and Spanish at University College Dublin and later graduated from the Master's course in creative writing at Trinity College Dublin. He worked as an embassy researcher, painter and hotel manager and later trained as a sushi chef. His first novel, The Very Man, appeared in 2003 and was shortlisted for the Hughes & Hughes / Sunday Independent Irish Novel of the Year award. His second novel, People Like Us, was published in 2004. He lives in Dublin.