Darragh McKeon

All That is Solid Melts into Air
  • All That is Solid Melts into Air

  • All That is Solid Melts into Air is an exceptionally moving novel of interwoven lives, set amidst one of the most iconic disasters in living memory: Chernobyl.

    'Daring, ambitious, epic, moving' Colm Tóibín

    Coloured sheets of paper fall from the sky. This is their first indication that something serious has happened. Each sheet bears a message: you have three hours to evacuate, bring only one suitcase. From their balconies they can see a dark column of smoke rising above the nuclear plant. For the people of Pripyat, these are the last moments they will spend in their homes. For a child piano prodigy, a dissident factory worker, a broken-hearted surgeon and unknowing others, this disaster will change their lives forever . . .

    'Shocking, vivid . . . sweeps with epic confidence across lives' Sunday Independent

    'Astonishing . . . A page-turner' Irish Times

    'A stunning debut' Guardian

Darragh McKeon was born in 1979 and grew up in the midlands of Ireland. He has worked as a theatre director, and his writing has been shortlisted for the Francis McManus Short Story Award and the Filmbase/RTE Short Film Award. This is his first novel.

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