"Needlework is intricately woven with the rhythm and delicacy of a fine tapestry. It is a book that is both difficult to take and impossible to put down. Sullivan is dealing with an extremely sensitive topic here, and she does so with great subtlety and nuance. The writing is exquisite and poetic, the story, a compelling one that ebbs and flows as you follow. It handles its' subject matter without succumbing to sensationalism and without pushing the reader; a task that is very difficult to achieve. The voice and perception is eloquent, powerful and starkly genuine. The result is a story that needs to be told, needs to be read and considered and felt deeply. I think Tara Flynns' comment sums Needlework up to perfection; "A brutally beautiful book." Needlework is a rare work among the numbers of young adult fiction titles; honest, forthright, delicate and sincere." (My thoughts on Needlework taken from the Young Adult Reads page of this blog.)
It is an utterly amazing book written by an utterly amazing author. Deirdre has created a novel that I believe opitimizes what YA fiction should be. On top of that, there will be Deirdre reading from Needlework, Patricia Forde handling the introductions, the brave and wonderful people from Little Island, wine, mingling and, I've even heard a rumour of a (temporary) tattoo booth. This promises to be a great evening, so I hope you can make it!
Friday, 18 March at 6pm
4 Shop Street
See you there!