“Not the most dynamic book to ever encounter but incredibly rewarding as it shows a new side to Dublin – sadly, mostly ignored or overlooked. The story follows Vivian, a social outcast of sorts possibly by her own making, as she goes about her days in her ver own special way. Heartbreaking at times, eye-opening at others. Vivian will give you plenty to think about.” Marta
Vivian is an oddball. An unemployed orphan living in the house of her recently deceased great aunt in North Dublin, Vivian boldly goes through life doing things in her own peculiar way, whether that be eating blue food, cultivating `her smell’, wishing people happy Christmas in April, or putting an ad up for a friend called Penelope to check why it doesn’t rhyme with antelope.
But behind her heroic charm and undeniable logic, something isn’t right. With each attempt to connect with a stranger or her estranged sister doomed to misunderstanding, someone should ask: is Vivian OK? A poignant and delightful story of belonging that plays with the myth of the Changeling and takes us by the hand through Dublin. A poetic call for us all to accept each other and find the Vivian within.
WINNER OF THE ROONEY PRIZE 2018