Between Dog and Wolf
By: Elske Rahill
Publication Date: 22 October 2013
This debut novel from Elske Rahill is darkly moving, often shocking, this interwoven story follows three college students, desperately searching for a place between the familiar and the strange as they careen towards self- knowledge.
Cassandra, volatile and scarred by loss, has been sculpted by the bohemian high life and then discarded. Oisín, a country boy pulsing with sexual aggression, is prone to equal flights of rage and compassion.
And you, Helen. Helen, who takes these two fractured lives and dashes them against herself, creating ripples that twist and distort their images of what should be.
In this stunning debut novel from Elske Rahill, each character forces the boundaries of normality, negotiating the chasms of their own violent sexuality and decay.
‘A dark, insightful and utterly compelling book. Beautifully written.’ – Donal Ryan, The Spinning Heart
‘Rahil has an extraordinary capacity to articulate those innermost feelings we’ve all had but cannot put our finger on, let alone express in language, and the vulgarity which at times makes you want to slam the book shut, is more than tempered by these compelling observations.’ – TN2 Magazine
Born in 1982, Elske Rahill graduated from Trinity College, Dublin with an M.Phil in Creative Writing and Gender and Women’s Studies. As an actor she appeared in the Abbey and Gate theatres. Author of the plays After Opium (2003) and How to Be Loved (2008), she is currently working on a short story collection. Her stories ‘Manners’ (2011) and ‘Bride’ (2012) were published in The Dublin Review.