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August, the UNF Alumni Book Club will be reading "The Spinning Heart"
by Donal Ryan.
Donal Ryan’s compact debut novel, “The Spinning Heart,” effects of the economic
downturn ripple through an Irish village whose laborers, flush during the boom,
have been left in the lurch now that the local developer, Pokey Burke, has
spinning heart of the title, a decorative ornament on a cottage gate, “skewered
on a rotating hinge,” is an apt image both for the town’s collective heartache
and for the narrative progression, which moves continuously from one villager
to the next, 21 narrators (and chapters) in all. Each speaker has been wounded
— by the economy as well as by grim parents, cruel lovers, violence, mental
illness and the grief of accidental loss.
book’s figurative heart is the construction foreman Bobby Mahon, a young
husband and father whose moral decency anchors the story. Both his goodness and
his brogue lend the novel an old-fashioned, storybook quality (“He drank out
the farm to spite his father”) that overlaps convincingly with mentions of
Facebook, “prefab” doors and dubious investments in Dubai to create an
affecting portrayal of contemporary rural Ireland.
Alumni Book Club meets the second Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m. in the
Office of Alumni Services located at Alumni Hall. Beverages and snacks will be
UNF Alumni Association and Young Alumni Committee (YAC) are heading to Ginnie
Springs for some swoopin’, springin’ and BBQin’ on #SwoopinSaturday, Saturday,
Aug. 9, at the Dogwood Pavilion. Grab your sunscreen and your floats and join
fellow UNF alumni, friends and family for this SWOOPin’ good time! The BBQ,
provided by the UNF Alumni Association, starts at 2:00 p.m. at the Pavilion and
if you're up for it, bring a tent and stay the night. For more information
about this event and to R.S.V.P., contact the Office of Alumni Services at
(904) 620-4723 or (800) UNF-GRAD (863-4723) or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Individuals are responsible for beverages, park fees and rentals. Carpooling is
encouraged. For more information regarding directions, admission and rental
rates, visit the Ginnie Springs website.
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