March 2017 Indie Next List
“This quirky little novel is such a delight! Reading Irish authors is typically a bit of a struggle for me - their style is almost too unusual at times. With Eggshells, I felt like I was reading an incredibly charming yet melancholy story while also poking around in the deep recesses of the mind of an exceptionally vivid personality. You will laugh, you will raise your eyebrows, and your heart will break as you follow Vivian around on her daily wanderings as she tries desperately to find the 'other world' where she belongs. Lally has made it so easy to walk around in someone else's very unique shoes - a subtle lesson in empathy that can always be re-learned.”
— Hannah Hyde (W), Little Shop of Stories, Decatur, GA
Vivian doesn't feel like she fits in-never has. She lives alone in a house in North Dublin that her great-aunt left her. She has no friends, no job and few social skills. She knows she is different. Before they died, her parents used to tell her she was a 'changeling' who belonged to another world. Each day, she walks the streets of Dublin, looking for a way to get there, but she never finds one. After all, Dublin has a certain charm, but no actual magic. Instead of a way out, will Vivian find a way to feel like she belongs here in this world? Rooted in Dublin's Northside, Eggshells is a whimsical, touching story about loneliness, friendship and hope. 'Delightfully quirky... Vivian's voice alone is enough to keep us reading, charmed by her unique brand of manic, word-hoarding wit.'- Irish Independent. 'A wonderful debut, funny and touching, with skillful wordplay at work.'- Irish Examiner. 'Highly original, Lally has a unique voice as a writer.'- Sunday Independent. 'A fairy tale of contemporary Dublin. Edgy and eloquent, a remarkable debut.'- Declan Kiberd. 'The book's style calls to mind The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. Engaging and humorous. The perfect gift to send to expats of Dublin.' -Dublin Inquirer. 'Eggshells expresses a Joycean sense of the ordinary. A brilliantly realized first-person narrative... a memorable debut.'- Totally Dublin.