The Glorious Heresies
When Maureen Phelan, a grandmother living in Cork, accidentally kills an intruder with a Holy Stone, she unintentionally affects the lives of four misfits living in the town. Taking place post-economic crash, this novel portrays life in a poverty-stricken city where people will do whatever it takes to survive.
A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing
Adolescence can be a tough and confusing time, but it’s especially difficult for the main character of A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, who has to manage a sense of normalcy while her brother faces a brain tumor and her home-life is filled with chaos. Told from the protagonist’s perspective, this book gives a dark look into the life of an isolated girl.
Telling the story of three different voyages that cross the Atlantic to and from Ireland, this novel weaves disparate eras of Ireland through the women involved, whose personal lives are all affected by the changes in history.
In the Woods
In 1984, three children go missing in the woods of a Dublin suburb. Only one child is ever found—Rob Ryan—who later becomes a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad. He tries to keep his past quiet, but when another child is found murdered in those same woods, Rob and his partner Cassie Maddox begin to investigate the case, and how it might relate to the one in his hidden past.
The houses on Chestnut Street in Dublin might look similar, but the people living inside them come from different backgrounds and occupations. Their stories are brought together by the humor and realness that Maeve Binchy imbues into each character, which in turn makes the neighborhood feel whole and alive.
Conversations with Friends
Frances is working on her writing career while attending school in Dublin. When she and her close friend and former lover, Bobbi, meet photographer Melissa at a poetry performance, they don’t realize how much their relationship will change. Melissa introduces them to her actor husband, Nick, and Frances begins to form a relationship with him that threatens to ruin her friendship with Bobbi.
It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, and while some may celebrate by going to a parade or dressing up in their most festive green, we’re reading books that take place in Ireland. Whether they’re set in major cities or the beautiful countryside, these novels will make you feel like you’ve hopped across the pond to the Emerald Isle—no flight or umbrella necessary.
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