Red Sky in Morning by Paul Lynch

Red Sky in Morning by Paul LynchRed Sky in Morning by Paul Lynch
Published by Little, Brown on 11/5/2013
Source: Publisher
Pages: 288
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In 1832, Coll Coyle kills the son of his ruthless landowner in an accidental fit of pent up rage. Knowing his henchman, John Faller, won’t rest until justice is served, Coyle is forced to leave his wife and daughter behind in Donegal, Ireland while he runs from the man seeking vengeance. The chase leads the pair to the railroad work camps of Pennsylvania, where both will discover the unforgiving hardships of the American landscape. 

If you’ve poked around River City Reading at all, you know I love my historical fiction with some grit and violence. However, that style is often paired with a setting in the American South or West and can, at times, become too simplistic or formulaic. Reading the first few pages of Red Sky in Morning and discovering a fantastic new voice and setting still surrounded by that grimy, dark tone was so refreshing.

“Every man, every nation, thinks they have control over a world that throws them about like a high wind. I’ll tell you, there’s always an agency more powerful than your own. Think about that. The terrible beauty of it. How it lies there unseen waiting for you. Every fate, every life, every story swallowed by forces greater. Mine now a part of yours. Yours a part of someone or something else’s when the time comes.”

Woven in the brutal tale of Faller’s hunt for Coyle is incredible imagery, making the landscapes of Ireland and Pennsylvania come to life. Lynch’s ability to blend poignant themes and vivid scenery with the classic tones of his cross-continent tale are the mark of true talent. Red Sky in Morning is the first of what is sure to be a string of successes for Paul Lynch.