Belinda McKeon’s debut novel Solace (USA:Scribner; UK:Picador) won the 2011 Faber Prize and was voted Irish Book of the Year, as well as being shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Her second novel, Tender, will be published in early 2015. Her essays and journalism have appeared in the New York Times, the Paris Review, the Guardian and elsewhere, and she is also a playwright. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Rutgers University. 



"A beautiful first novel…A remarkable new voice" The Times

"…brilliantly evokes the gossipy, tribal nature of small farm towns and the enduring tension between growing up and coming home.” Boston Globe

"…a warm and wise debut from a new literary talent.” The Economist

"A fine example of the modern Irish novel…This is a beautifully small story that loses none of its intimacy by encompassing the breadth of a country and acknowledging an entire generation." The Sunday Times 

Recent Work


"First, your pets. Six months ago, you would drive miles to buy the special food, the food marked SCIENCE & CLINICALLY PROVEN & KIDNEY FUNCTION –

Six months ago, you were a bloody fool.

See also: your children. Hopes for, dreams for, love for, names…”

A new short story for the Irish Times, August 2014. Read the full story here

(Illustration by Brendon Deacy)