Belinda McKeon

Co. Longford, Ireland


Belinda McKeon’s debut novel Solace 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 the US by Lee Boudreaux Books in February 2016.

Her essays and journalism have appeared in the New York Times, the Paris Review, the Guardian, A Public Space and elsewhere. As a playwright, she has had work produced in Dublin and New York, and is currently under commission to the Abbey Theatre. She lives in Brooklyn and is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Creative Writing at Rutgers University.

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“A dead-on account of youthful obsession…”

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“McKeon is admirably unafraid to push her characters through harrowing extremes of emotion” 

Carmela Ciararu, The New York Times 

“Exquisite…Captures something essential about vulnerability, love and longing.”

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“He was the friend of my life. You know, you only have one friend like that; there can’t be two.”
Belinda McKeon, Tender

“with email you did not have the heft of the pages, the life of the ink woven tight into the paper, rushing across it, a thing that had come directly from the other person’s own hand. Or from the pen in their hand, which was almost the same; which was almost like touching them for yourself. In”
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“peered awhile, as through the keyhole Into my darkened, hushed, safe casket From which (I did not know) I had already lost the treasure. Emmet”
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