In Red Sky in Morning, Paul Lynch's debut novel, a young Irishman is relentlessly pursued by his brutish foreman after a violent incident.
Chased: Ireland to America
A former film critic, this is Paul Lynch's first novel. And his Ireland of 1832 is an incredibly bleak one - for, despite Coll's yearning for home and family, it often seems like hell is not being on the run, but where he came from. Out of poverty-stricken Donegal, however, life never gets much better.
The language Lynch employs is idiosyncratic - phrases such as "pillar of sun stood up", "they poured coffee upon tongues parched and whiskey soured" and "put foot upon bog" appear on every page - which may not be to everyone's liking.
Also, the reasons for Faller's obsessive hunting of Coll across great distances is never satisfactorily explored. But it is an impressive debut - fast-paced, tragic and grimly evocative. What Lynch does next will be worth watching.