The Black Snow

  • by Paul Lynch
  • Narrated by John Keating
  • 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The startling new novel from a brilliant young Irish novelist on the rise, who "has a sensational gift for a sentence" (Colum McCann on Red Sky in Morning).
In Donegal in the spring of 1945, a farmhand runs into a burning barn and does not come out alive. The farm's owner, Barnabas Kane, can only look on as his friend dies and all 43 of his cattle are destroyed in the blaze.
Following the disaster, the bull-headed and proudly self-sufficient Barnabas is forced to reach out to the community for assistance. But resentment simmers over the farmhand's death, and Barnabas and his family begin to believe their efforts at recovery are being sabotaged.
Barnabas is determined to hold firm. Yet his teenage son struggles under the weight of a terrible secret, and his wife is suffocated by the uncertainty surrounding their future. As Barnabas fights ever harder for what is rightfully his, his loved ones are drawn ever closer to a fate that should never have been theirs.
In The Black Snow, Paul Lynch takes the pastoral novel and - with the calmest of hands - tears it apart. With beautiful, haunting prose, Lynch illuminates what it means to live through crisis and puts to the test our deepest certainties about humankind.


What the Critics Say

"A lapidary young master.... Here, as is often the case in the work of our own Cormac McCarthy, the beauty and force of the language works congruently with the violence in the story." (Alan Cheuse, NPR)
"Some of the most beautiful writing I have ever read. Vivid, unsettling, and intensely enjoyable." (Donal Ryan, Booker-nominated author of The Spinning Heart)
"Lynch's language, which is musical, close, and alive, evokes something that seems quintessentially Irish - as if you were sitting by the bard himself, in a damp, skunky pub, on a dark rainy night, as he tells you his frightening tale." (Damaris Colhoun, Daily Beast)


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Customer Reviews

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Lynch is a master of his craft

A beautifully written tragedy that deserves everyone's attention. I couldn't put it down. I'll read anything Lynch writes from here on out.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-12-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio