The Tangle Box by Dave Kavanagh

The Tangle Box by Dave Kavanagh

Due July 6 and available for preorder now.

A story you will never forget:

At the centre of this novel is a suppressed memory of the day Maria and Caroline O'Neill disappeared. In returning to his childhood home, Dan O'Neill attempts to recall what happened there and the consequences that followed.

At its heart, The Tangle Box is a story of hope and triumph, that has captivated its early readers. One reviewer said of it, 'once started, I couldn't put this book down.' 

The Tangle Box is a tightly written debut, narrated in first person by the protagonist and takes us on a journey that begins on a day when Dan O'Neill heard a scream and saw blood, but beyond that, he remembers nothing.

 

 

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About the Book

The story of Dan and Maria’s life both before and after the event that separated them, unfolds during a number of sessions with therapist, Cathryn Ryan. Their slowly unravelling story of  growing up within a dysfunctional family and among a closed, tightlipped community. We travel with Dan as he returns to the ruin of his family home and relives the experiences of his childhood.

In the memories he recounts to Cathryn Ryan, he relates the story of a mother, Caroline, who was abusive, a father, Tommy who despite his love for his children was an enabler. We learn about  a community that closed ranks around their own and about Dan’s later life and how his childhood impacted on his ability to form relationships and process experiences.

At the centre of the story is a suppressed memory of the day Maria and Caroline O’Neill disappeared. In returning to his childhood home, Dan attempts to recall what happened there and the consequences that followed.

At its heart, The Tangle Box is a story of hope and triumph, that has captivated its early readers. One reviewer said of it, once started, I couldn’t put this book down. 

A tightly written debut novel that will leave the reader with an indelible impression of these well wrought and unforgettable characters.

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Publisher: Chaffinch Press
Publication Year: 2021
Format: Paperback
Length: 253 Pages
ASIN: 1838402543
ISBN: 1838402543
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List Price: €10.50
Endorsements
The Tangle Box is a riveting read; we imagine. Kavanagh confidently paces his narrative, as memories are teased out, and the adult Daniel returns to face a turbulent past, a past which still holds him in its grip. Revelations come upon the reader suddenly, adding surprising intrigue to the telling. Descriptions of the Irish landscape sometimes suggest an unholy alliance with the mental and physical torments of the narrator and at other times expose the vulnerability of children: 'I lay on Maria's bed, never wanting to leave, and clinging to the images of how we fought back . Memories of rebellion, our weapons - apples, pears and toffee'. An unsettling story, realistically lifting the lid on what can go on behind closed doors. Once started, I couldn't put this book down.
– Maggie Harris, Guyana Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize Winner.
Dave Kavanagh's The Tangle Box is a powerful story of a broken man, immediate in its first person perspective. Evocative in its opening, compelling in its closing. It's a tale of unlikely monsters, disquieting in its honesty, brutal in its secrets. You won't forget it in a hurry. -
– Eugen Bacon, award-winning author of Claiming T-Mo and Writing Speculative Fiction.
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About the Author
Dave Kavanagh

Dave Kavanagh is a writer and publisher based in CO Dublin. His work is widely published both in print and online. As well as writing, Kavanagh is passionate about growing food in a sustainable manner and when he is not at his desk writing, he manages a large home garden where he grows vegetables and fruit for his extended family. The Tangle Box is his first novel. He is working feverishly on a second.

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