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The butchers' blessing

Author: Ruth Gilligan
Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Tin House, 2020. ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First US editionView all editions and formats
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"Every year, Úna prepares for her father to leave her. He will wave goodbye early one morning, then disappear with seven other men to traverse the Irish countryside. Together, these men form the Butchers, a group that roams from farm to farm, enacting ancient methods of cattle slaughter. The Butchers' Blessing moves between the events of 1996 and the present, offering a simmering glimpse into the modern tensions  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Mythological fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
Psychological fiction
Fiction
Bildungsromans
Novels
Legends
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ruth Gilligan
ISBN: 9781947793781 1947793780
OCLC Number: 1141506987
Description: 300 pages ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Ruth Gilligan.

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"Every year, Úna prepares for her father to leave her. He will wave goodbye early one morning, then disappear with seven other men to traverse the Irish countryside. Together, these men form the Butchers, a group that roams from farm to farm, enacting ancient methods of cattle slaughter. The Butchers' Blessing moves between the events of 1996 and the present, offering a simmering glimpse into the modern tensions that surround these eight fabled men. For Úna, being a Butcher's daughter means a life of tangled ambition and incredible loneliness. For her mother, Grá, it's a life of faith and longing, of performing a promise that she may or may not be able to keep. For nonbeliever Fionn, the Butchers represent a dated and complicated reality, though for his son, Davey, they represent an entirely new world--and potentially new love. For photographer Ronan, the Butchers are ideal subjects: representatives of an older, more folkloric Ireland whose survival is now being tested. As he moves through the countryside, Ronan captures this world image by image--a lake, a cottage, and his most striking photo: a single Butcher, hung upside down in a pose of unspeakable violence."--

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