Eimear Ryan

Holding Her Breath
  • Holding Her Breath

  • A young woman comes of age in the shadow of her family's tragic past

    When Beth Crowe starts university, she is shadowed by the ghost of her potential as a competitive swimmer. Free to create a fresh identity for herself, she finds herself among people who adore the poetry of her grandfather, Benjamin Crowe, who died tragically before she was born. She embarks on a secret relationship - and on a quest to discover the truth about Benjamin and his widow, her beloved grandmother Lydia. The quest brings her into an archive that no scholar has ever seen, and to a person who knows things about her family that nobody else knows.

    Holding Her Breath is a razor-sharp, moving and seriously entertaining novel about complicated love stories, ambition and grief - and a young woman coming fully into her powers.

Eimear Ryan is a writer, editor and camogie player. Her fiction has appeared in Granta, The Dublin Review, The Stinging Fly, and the anthologies The Long Gaze Back (New Island) and Town & Country (Faber). She is a co-founder and co-editor at Banshee Press, an independent publisher that publishes the literary journal, Banshee, as well as a select list of books. From Co. Tipperary, Eimear now lives and works in Cork city.

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