Belinda McKeon’s second novel Tender (Lee Boudreaux Books) is a searing novel of friendship, sexuality and desire set in late 1990s Dublin. Reviewing it in the New York Times, Christine Schutt called it a “dead-on account of youthful obsession”, while Ron Charles in the Washington Post praised its portrait of “that rare germination of affection that can suddenly change the whole landscape of one’s life.”
McKeon is also the author of Solace (2011), which won the Faber Prize and was named Irish Book of the Year. Originally from Ireland, she has lived in Brooklyn since 2005. She will be joined in conversation at McNally Jackson by actor, director, producer, writer and former Irish cultural ambassador, Gabriel Byrne.
Belinda McKeon is the author of two novels, Tender (2015) and Solace (2011), which won the Faber Prize and was named Irish Book of the Year. She is also the editor of the short story anthology A Kind of Compass: Stories on Distance, just published by Tramp Press. Her essays and journalism have appeared in The New York Times, the Paris Review, the Guardian and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Rutgers University.
Praise for Tender:
“Immersive, unflinching yet humane…richly nuanced and utterly absorbing.” - The Guardian
“A profoundly moving, deeply disturbing examination of the nature of love and relationships, of friendship and loss, of obsession and the psychic violence of love, a book which surprises at every turn.” – Toronto Star
“Devastating force…remarkable” - Flavorwire