Welcome to the new Irish literature: its capital is the City of Bohane (Graywolf, $15), Kevin Barry’s dystopian vision of a town in the West of Ireland. This decrepit and malevolent metropolis is ruled by gangs, and its streets are full of people doing whatever they can just to survive. At the center of the book is the gang leader who is ready to step down, and the power struggle such a transition precipitates. Bohane’s language and street slang might give you pause, but Barry’s novel is more than worth the effort. Barry himself calls this book a “weird kind of Neo-Western”: a tale intended for entertainment, with a cast of colorful characters wearing elaborate (and meticulously described) costumes. This melancholic yet funny novel will both challenge and amaze you.
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ISBN: 9781555976453
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Published: Graywolf Press - June 4th, 2013

Colum McCann’s eighth novel turns the hyphen of Irish-American into an arrow pointing both ways. The heart of Transatlantic (Random House, $27), which opens with a harrowing 1919 flight from Newfoundland to Ireland in a Vickers Vimy, is the classic immigration tale. But when Lily Duggan, a Dublin housemaid, heads for America just as the potato blight is starting, her story is reported by Frederick Douglass, in Ireland on a lecture tour. Years later, the two meet in St. Louis, and Lily narrates that episode. As the novel moves around in time from the 1840s to 2011, characters recur, sons are shot in different civil wars, descendants multiply, and themes echo from one continent to the other. Eventually, Lily’s granddaughter marries an Irishman and moves to Belfast, bringing the family saga full circle. McCann has constructed the novel from seven interlocking sections, each one a tour de force of the precise, elegant prose that won him the National Book Award for Let the Great World Spin.

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ISBN: 9781400069590
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Published: Random House - June 4th, 2013

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ISBN: 9780812981926
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 20th, 2014

In 1949 Katherine is starring in a local Belfast production of Carmen and hoping for a career on the stage. She’s engaged to one man, in love with another. Cut to 1969. Katherine has married her fiancé and has four children. Seemingly content with domestic life, she hasn’t sung in years. What happened? Like the elusive Ghost Moth (Bellevue, $14.95), Katherine’s passion is still in the air; or, in Irish actress Michéle Forbes’s deftly constructed first novel, still lurking just below the surface—along with the simmering sectarian tensions already beginning to claim lives. Using two intertwining time lines, the narrative chronicles Katherine’s passage from one role to the next as she replaces dreams with an enduring love. Forbes has an impeccable sense of pacing, building scenes from small details and evoking larger themes from a network of recurring images. While writing about life’s dramas, Forbes refuses to overdramatize her material—making the book’s revelations all the more powerful for that.
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ISBN: 9781934137604
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Published: Bellevue Literary Press - April 16th, 2013