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ISBN-10: 1933527501
ISBN-13: 9781933527505
Publisher: Turtle Point Press
Publish Date: 09/06/2011
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.50" W, 1.20" H

Broken Irish

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Epic in its scope but relentlessly compelling in its storytelling–not a common combination–Broken Irish is a splendidly readable and richly textured novel. Edward J. Delaney is an enormously gifted writer. —Robert Olen Butler, author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain and Perfume River

Truly indelible. . . . [Delaney] cares about details and understands their importance to the larger themes of loss, desperation, and betrayed loyalties. His characters are not merely vehicles for ideas, but rather fully realized, familiar people, whose failures are heartbreakingly authentic. —Boston Globe

As the millennium approaches, Southie is still a place where little distinguishes mob bosses from pillars of industry, the bullied from the bullies, and the pious from the pitiful. In this tough Boston neighborhood, six lives are about to converge: Jimmy, an alcoholic writer, whose life is unalterably changed after witnessing an accident; Jeanmarie, a teenage runaway, whose quest for independence leads down a dark path; Christopher, a young Catholic school dropout with a gnawing secret; Colleen, a war widow whose grief has blinded her to the needs of her son; Father John, a priest on the eve of forced retirement; and Rafferty, a wealthy businessman who hires a ghostwriter to tell his story.

In Broken Irish, Delaney trains his journalist’s ear, his filmmaker’s eye, and his writer’s heart on each of their stories–creating a driven and deeply human narrative that pierces the core of the American experience. He also gives us a captivating portrait of South Boston in the late-1990s–a time when Whitey Bulger has evaporated into the ether but his boys still kick around on the street corners . . . waiting for Whitey’s Second Coming.

Edward J. Delaney is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker, and author of four works of fiction, including Follow the Sun and Broken Irish, both published by Turtle Point Press. He lives and teaches in Rhode Island.

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Booklist Editors' Choice Award

New England Book Festival Grand Prize Winner

Massachusetts Book Award Finalist

Julie Ward Howe Prize Honorable Mention

Massachusetts Center For The Book "Must-Read" selection

Publishers Weekly "Pick of the Week" selection

Truly indelible. . . . [Delaney] cares about details and understands their importance to the larger themes of loss, desperation, and betrayed loyalties. His characters are not merely vehicles for ideas, but rather fully realized, familiar people, whose failures are heartbreakingly authentic. –Boston Globe

[Broken Irish] has a complex plot and a driving, fast-paced narrative. . . . Highly recommended. –Star Tribune

Searing, unforgettable. . . .Though Broken Irish deals with dark subjects it doesn't come off as heavy-handed. Exceedingly clever, the connection between the characters isn't revealed until the very end of the book, making you want to go back to the beginning to sort out the pieces and see how these characters' lives are intertwined. –Missourian

Glistens with poetic charisma. . . . Delaney does a tremendous job with the different voices. . . . Perspectives jump effortlessly from character to character, brain to heart, motivation to instinct, love to fear. –Brooklyn Rail

A masterpiece. –Library Journal (starred review)

Beautifully and heartbreakingly balanced. –Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Readers will be captivated. . . . [Delaney] demonstrate great dexterity and storytelling acumen in his lyrical page-turner. –Publishers Weekly (starred review)

In an artfully constructed story . . . Delaney tackles corporate corruption, the sex-abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, gun violence, and, especially, alcoholism (in searing passages on the ravages of drink that recall Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano). –Booklist (starred review)

Muscular and taut. . . . A great story that reaches into a reader's life [and] poses important questions about people, fate and community. –Shelf Awareness for Readers

Epic in its scope but relentlessly compelling in its storytelling–not a common combination–Broken Irish is a splendidly readable and richly textured novel. Edward J. Delaney is an enormously gifted writer. –Robert Olen Butler, author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain and Perfume River

In Delaney's South Boston little is lost, nothing forgotten. Old sins, old wounds haunt his characters, young and old, and reverberate throughout his wonderfully complicated plot. Broken Irish is an enthralling, satisfying novel. –Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy and The Hidden Machinery

An entire community is on the brink. Hope is the only hope. And faith cannot scrub the grime off its hands. With Broken Irish, Delaney delivers a gripping epic. –Adam Braver, author of Mr. Lincoln's Wars and The Disappeared

If you're anything like me, you Will. Not. Be. Able. To. Stop. Reading. –David Abrams, author of Fobbit and Brave Deeds, at the Quivering Pen

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Details

ISBN-10: 1933527501
ISBN-13: 9781933527505
Publisher: Turtle Point Press
Publish Date: 09/06/2011
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.50" W, 1.20" H
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