CURRENT ISSUE:  OCTOBER 2023

Off the Shelf: Profit Song

By Paul Lynch A Oneworld Book ISBN-978-0-86154-686-2 309 Pages Review by Terry Kenneally Prophet Song, this year’s Booker Prize winner, is a harrowing and dystopian novel that visibly renders a […]

Off the Shelf: Kala

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As the story begins, the six, three boys and three girls, are perched on their bikes preparing to hurtle down a steep hill and through a narrow gap at the bottom where the path meets the main road. The idea

Off the Shelf: The Plague of Souls

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The Plague of Souls By Mike McCormack Soho Press ISBN 978-1-64129-578-9 177 pp 2023 Review by Terrence J. Kenneally As the novel opens, Nealon (it’s protagonist) is returning to his […]

Off the Shelf: Absolution

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By Terry Kenneally Off the Shelf: AbsolutionBy Alice McDermottFarrar, Straus, and Giroux. ISBN 9780374610487 2023 324 pp. Alice McDermott has long been recognized for her portraits of mid-20th-century life, with […]

Off the Shelf: So Late in the Day

Discover Claire Keegan’s latest work, “So Late in the Day,” a powerful character study delving into themes of misogyny and its destructive impact. Award-winning and succinct, this 47-page novella explores personal flaws, societal challenges, and the pursuit of happiness. Dive into Keegan’s rich narrative that captures the complexities of human relationships and the echoes of Ireland’s historical context.

Off the Shelf: A Thread of Violence

Mark O’Connell’s book, “A Thread of Violence,” takes a riveting departure from typical Irish literature, focusing on Malcolm Macarthur’s notorious crimes in 1982. Born into privilege, Macarthur’s descent into heinous acts, including the brutal murders of Bridie Dargan and Donal Dunne, captivates readers. O’Connell’s gripping narrative, intertwined with historical context, provides a unique perspective on this crime noir.

Off the Shelf: The Paper Man

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“The Paper Man” by Billie O’Callaghan is a powerful and emotionally charged novel that unfolds a love story set against the backdrop of pivotal world events. The book takes readers on a journey through 1980s Cork, Ireland, where protagonist Jack Shive discovers a cache of love letters, revealing a hidden past of a long-dead Austrian immigrant. This story of identity, love, and mystery spans two time frames and two countries, leaving a lasting impact on multiple generations.

On This Day in Irish History: Old God’s Time

By Sebastian BarryFaber & Faber Ltd. ISBN 978-0-571-33278-6 2023 261 pp Review by Terrence Kenneally Old God’s Time is the sixth work of fiction this column has reviewed of Barry’s […]