Emilie Pine

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Ruth & Pen

book | Fiction | May 2022
UK & Comm excluding Canada → Hamish Hamilton (Ed. Simon Prosser)

Dublin, 7 October 2019

One day, one city, two women: Ruth and Pen. Neither known to the other, but both asking the same questions: how to be with others and how, when the world won’t make space for you, to be with yourself?

Ruth’s marriage to Aidan is in crisis. Today she needs to make a choice — to stay or not to stay, to take the risk of reaching out, or to pull up the drawbridge.

For teenage Pen, today is the day the words will flow, and she will speak her truth to Alice, to ask for what she so desperately wants.

Ruth & Pen is the fictional debut from Emilie Pine, author of the international bestseller Notes to Self. Deeply involving, poignant and radiantly intelligent, it is a portrait of the limits of grief and love, of how we navigate our inner and outer landscapes, and the tender courage demanded by the simple, daily quest of living.


Claire Nozieres manages the translation rights for Ruth & Pen

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Nieuw Amsterdam
btb/Random House Verlag
Rizzoli Editore
Penguin Random House
Wahlstrom & Widstrand

Ruth & Pen is a work of artistic and social value, a sensitive and affecting novel about subjects that were always there but we are only really finding the language to tackle today.

Financial Times

[A] poignant, raw exploration of the courage needed to find your space in the world

i paper

Pine explores with great acuity and tenderness the restorative, capacious nature of love. A wise and lovely book.

Daily Mail

[A] startling debut novel... about how we navigate both the world and our inner selves... Pine writes with sensitivity, warmth and comic flashes.


Moving, tender, truthful; a beautiful book.

Louise O'Neill

Emilie Pine's debut novel draws on her personal experiences of infertility and loss, and finds heartbreaking beauty in our everyday lives.

The Irish Times

Her novel is urgent and uplifting; these women are unknown to each other but united in an insistence that they will be themselves, in grief and love, whatever the outcome.

The Observer

Despite the author’s ability to render hardship into pristine prose, she is also a realist, who allows her characters to struggle to find such eloquence.

i Paper

an intimate, completely compelling read

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