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.