–by Sue Schafer Manager, Sylvania Branch, Toledo Lucas County Public Library
PUBLICATION DATE: MARCH 2017
With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, why not take the opportunity to read some contemporary Irish authors? Here are some engaging suggestions to help you start the celebration!
The Green Road
W.W.W. Norton & Co., Inc., 2015
By Anne Enright
Rosaleen Madigan’s four children enter adulthood in Western Ireland at a time of great change. In the decades that follow, they all forge their own paths through life, but a visit home one Christmas forces them to face their mother’s aging and the decision that she’s made that will have repercussions on all their lives.
By Colm Toibin
In the late 1960s in Ireland, Nora Webster must rebuild her life and raise her four children alone after her husband dies.
Little, Brown and Company, 2016
By Emma Donaghue
A village in 1850s Ireland is mystified by what appears to be a miracle–a little girl seems to be thriving after months without food. An English nurse and an international journalist try to get to the root of why the child may actually be the victim of murder in this psychological thriller.
Instructions for a Heatwave
Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
By Maggie O’Farrell
When a recently retired family patriarch clears out his bank account and disappears during a sweltering summer in 1976, his three children converge on their mother’s home for the first time in years and track clues to an ancestral village in Ireland, where they uncover illuminating family secrets.
Soft Skull Press, 2011
By Neil Jordan
Describes the parallel but opposite lives of two boys in Dublin from different sides of the tracks who are constantly mistaken for each other until a family tragedy changes them forever.