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Fortune: A novel with the momentum and power of a Greek tragedy

Written by Paul Murray for The Irish Times on Saturday, October 16, 2021

Though her characters burn with passion, greed, desperation, the dreamlike quality of Smyth’s prose gives them the feel of sleepwalkers, blindly drawn to their doom. That inescapable sense of fate slowly builds throughout the novel, giving this brilliant reimagining of real events – the Dome Fire of 1928 in which 17 people were killed – the momentum and power of a Greek tragedy.

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