Virtual Event: Ruth Gilligan and Masie Cochran

Saturday, November 14, 2020 - 12:00pm


Join us on Saturday, November 14 at 12pm PT when Ruth Gilligan joins us to discuss her book, The Butchers' Blessing, with Tin House Editorial Director Masie Cochran on Zoom!

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Praise for The Butchers' Blessing

"A seamless literary thriller. Absolutely riveting." —Colum McCann

"Excellent . . . completely gripping." - Evie Wyld, author of The Bass Rock

"A contemplative coming-of-age thriller. . . . An atmospheric portrait of a country at a crossroads, moving away from the traditional ways and toward a slick new millennial future. Thoroughly lovely." - Kirkus Reviews

About The Butchers' Blessing

Set in the gothic wilds of Ireland, The Butchers’ Blessing is a haunting and unforgettable thriller brimming with secrecy, tradition, and superstition.

Every year, Úna prepares for her father to leave her. He will wave goodbye early one morning, then disappear with seven other men to traverse the Irish countryside. Together, these men form the Butchers, a group that roams from farm to farm, enacting ancient methods of cattle slaughter.

The Butchers’ Blessing moves between the events of 1996 and the present, offering a simmering glimpse into the modern tensions that surround these eight fabled men. For Úna, being a Butcher’s daughter means a life of tangled ambition and incredible loneliness. For her mother, Grá, it’s a life of faith and longing, of performing a promise that she may or may not be able to keep. For nonbeliever Fionn, the Butchers represent a dated and complicated reality, though for his son, Davey, they represent an entirely new world—and potentially new love. For photographer Ronan, the Butchers are ideal subjects: representatives of an older, more folkloric Ireland whose survival is now being tested. As he moves through the countryside, Ronan captures this world image by image—a lake, a cottage, and his most striking photo: a man, hung upside down in a pose of unspeakable violence.

Thrilling, dark, and richly atmospheric, The Butchers’ Blessing is an engrossing incantation—mesmerizing in both language and story—conjuring a family and a country on the edge of irrevocable change.

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$25.95
ISBN: 9781947793781
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Published: Tin House Books - November 10th, 2020

A NOVEMBER INDIE NEXT PICK

"A seamless literary thriller. Absolutely riveting." —Colum McCann

Set in the gothic wilds of Ireland, The Butchers’ Blessing is a haunting and unforgettable thriller brimming with secrecy, tradition, and superstition.


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