The Sea and the Silence
Set in the fictional landscape of Cunningham’s native city and surrounding countryside, The Sea and the Silence is an epic love story that takes place during the mid-1940s inside the fading grandeur of the Anglo-Irish class.
Winner of the Prix de l’Europe 2013 (as La Mer et La Silence), short-listed for the Prix des Lecteurs du Telégramme and the Prix Caillou, it has attracted significant critical attention and praise on both sides of the Atlantic. Booker prize winner Roddy Doyle described it as “A truly terrific novel —moving and hugely entertaining.” The Chicago Tribune said: “[A] book so brilliant, so moving, so enchanting . . . [that] your world is henceforth altered.” The Irish Times described The Sea and the Silence as “A book that will shorten any journey.