All the Bad Apples

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Penguin Books Limited, Aug 1, 2019 - Young Adult Fiction - 352 pages

The stunning new novel about silenced female voices, family secrets and dangerous truths from the author of The Accident Season.

'Exquisite . . . This is a book to hold tightly to your chest' Irish Times

'Lyrical . . . Compelling' Guardian

'Beautiful, visceral . . . A primal scream' Louise O'Neill

'Uncompromising, raw, devastating' Publishers Weekly

'I am in absolute awe of it' Melinda Salisbury

On Deena's seventeenth birthday, the day she finally comes out to her family, her wild and mysterious sister Mandy is seen leaping from a cliff. The family is heartbroken, but not surprised. The women of the Rys family have always been troubled - 'bad apples', their father calls them - and Mandy is the baddest of them all.

But then Deena starts to receive the letters. Letters from Mandy, claiming that their family's blighted history is not just bad luck or bad decisions, but a curse, handed down to the Rys women through the generations.

Mandy has gone in search of the curse's roots, and now Deena must begin a desperate cross-country hunt for her sister, guided only by the letters that mysteriously appear in each new place. What Deena finds will heal their family's rotten past - or rip it apart forever.

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Trigger warning: Rape, violence against women, child abuse, homophobia, sexual language, slut shaming. All the Bad Apples is not an easy novel to read, but it is an incredibly important one. The novel ... Read full review

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In this emotionally brutal drama set in 2012 Ireland, a young woman goes on a road trip to uncover her family’s secret past. Soon after her older sister, Mandy, vanishes and is presumed dead, Deena ... Read full review

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About the author (2019)

Mo´ra is half-French, half-Irish and lives in Dublin where she writes magic realism, reads tarot cards and raises witch babies. Mo´ra's first novel, The Accident Season, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and received widespread critical acclaim. Her second, Spellbook of the Lost and Found, was shortlisted for an Irish Book Award.