Belinda McKeon has created a unique landscape of the most subtle and sensitive examination of the world of a new Irish generation entering adulthood. Tender is a relationship novel and a novel about young people, with the first section set in rural Ireland, the second in Dublin and the third in New York. The characters are artists (a writer and a visual artist), and it's a book about friendship, sexuality, infatuation, fear and finding courage.
The astonishing, lyrical and ambitious second novel by the winner of the Irish Book of the Year Award
Belinda McKeon's first novel, Solace, won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the Sunday Independent Best Newcomer Award, and was named Bord Gais Energy Irish Book of the Year in 2011, as well as being shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Her essays and journalism have appeared in the New York Times, the Paris Review, the Guardian and elsewhere. She grew up in the Irish midlands and now lives in New York. She teaches at Rutgers University.