Nine folds make a paper swan

Research output: Book/ReportBook


At the start of the twentieth century, a young girl and her family emigrate from the continent in search of a better life in America, only to pitch up in Ireland by mistake. In 1958, a mute boy locked away in a mental institution outside of Dublin forms an unlikely friendship with a man consumed by the story of the love he lost nearly two decades earlier. And in present-day London, an Irish journalist is forced to confront her conflicting notions of identity and family when her Jewish boyfriend asks her to make a true leap of faith. Spanning generations and braiding together three unforgettable voices, Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan shows us what it means to belong, and how storytelling can redeem us all.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherAtlantic Books
Number of pages336
ISBN (Electronic)9781782398585
ISBN (Print)1782398562, 9781782398561, 9781782398592
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2016

Bibliographical note

Also published in the USA by Tin House Books and by Penn in Israel.


  • Novel
  • Irish
  • Jewish
  • Transcultural
  • Contemporary Fiction


Dive into the research topics of 'Nine folds make a paper swan'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this