Skin by EM Reapy: An evocative depiction of the backpacking life

Book review: EM Reapy, from Mayo, has a lot to live up to after her award-winning debut

EM Reapy: good at writing interesting, believable predicaments

EM Reapy: good at writing interesting, believable predicaments

There’s a touch of the difficult second album syndrome to EM Reapy’s Skin. Her debut, Red Dirt, was a gripping, beautifully written novel that charted the lives of young Irish immigrants in Australia.

The book deservedly won best newcomer at the Irish Book Awards in 2016, and Reapy won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature the following year. Her short fiction has been widely published, including a Hennessy shortlisting and inclusion in Sinéad Gleeson’s seminal anthology of Irish female writers The Long Gaze Back.

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