The brilliant debut novel from Emilie Pine, author of the international bestseller NOTES TO SELF Dublin, 7 October 2019 One day, one city, two women- Ruth and Pen. Neither known to the other, but both asking themselves the same questions- how to be with others and how, when the world doesn't seem willing to make space for them, to be with themselves? Ruth's marriage to Aidan is in crisis. Today she needs to make a choice - to stay or not to stay, to take the risk of reaching out, or to pull up the drawbridge. For teenage Pen, today is the day the words will flow, and she will speak her truth to Alice, to ask for what she so desperately wants. Deeply involving, poignant and radiantly intelligent, it is a portrait of the limits of grief and love, of how we navigate our inner and outer landscapes, and the tender courage demanded by the simple, daily quest of living.


ISBN13: 9780241573297
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 5 May 2022
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 21.6(H) x 13.5(L) x 1.9(W)257
Weight (gm): 257

Author Biography

Emilie Pine is Associate Professor of Modern Drama at University College Dublin, Ireland. She has published widely as an academic and critic. Notes to Self is her first collection of personal essays and the winner of The Butler Literary Award 2018.


Emilie Pine is one of the most important new voices in Irish Literature. Everything she writes is imbued with wisdom -- David Park
Emilie Pine writes about the big things and the little things: friendship, love, fertility, grief; waking, showering, catching the bus. She did so in her startling collection of essays Notes to Self, and she does it again in this, her equally startling debut novel Ruth & Pen -- Chloe Ashby * The Spectator *
Mesmerising * Good Housekeeping *
A poignant, raw exploration of the courage needed to find your space in the world * i *
Impressive... Pine explores with great acuity and tenderness the restorative, capacious nature of love. A wise and lovely book * Daily Mail *
As surprising and playful as it is ambitious and relevant... The entire narrative is composed of insights into how people think and act, their communication difficulties and genuine connections * Irish Independent *
Pristine prose... Pine makes her chapters playful, writing with a friendly curiousness that brings to mind Ali Smith * i *
[A] warm and deeply felt novel... joy is a vital ingredient in Ruth & Pen * The Observer *
[Ruth & Pen] finds heartbreaking beauty in our everyday lives... There is a real tenderness in the way in which Pine writes * The Irish Times *
Emilie Pine's debut novel is ambitious, poignant and playful, with a feminist nod to Joyce...it is as surprising and playful as it is ambitious and relevant * Independent.ie *
Warm and engaging debut with plenty of depth * Business Post *
A wise and lovely book * Irish Daily Mail *
Ruth & Pen: The brilliant debut novel from the internationally bestselling author of Notes to Self

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