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The Springs of Affection: Stories of Dublin

Meave Brennan / William Maxwell

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This is the deep woos of Irish silence, neurosis and pain, and scary going, unrelieved by humor or even simple kindness. It is fiction of the highest order, controlled, wise and fearless. Not many writers go this deep or far from home.

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Reading in the Dark

Seamus Deane

The Derry of poet Seamus Deane's first novel, Reading in the Dark is a perilous place. Ghosts haunt the stairwells of apartment buildings, a curse follows two families down through the generations, close friends turn out to be police informers, and the police are as likely to persecute an innocent man as protect him. And hovering over all the violence, poverty, and despair of 1940s Northern Ireland is the specter of the "Troubles." The hero of the novel is an unnamed young man whose life turns upside down when a policeman frames him. Deception becomes his only means of self-defense. But the initial lie on the part of the policeman and the narrator's corresponding trickery are only part of the tangled web Deane weaves here. Early in the novel we learn that Uncle Eddie, an Irish Republican Army gunman, was blown up in the town distillery in 1922. In addition to sorting out his own problems, the narrator seeks the truth about his uncle's death.
Reading in the Dark sounds grim, and in some respects it is, yet leavening is provided by infusions of the Irish folktales and legends that inform the characters' daily life. And then there is the language. Deane is a poet, and his prose shows it: sex is like fire, "glinting with greed and danger"; ice snores and candles are swathed in a "thick drapery of wax." Readers looking for a thoughtful, serious, and beautifully written novel will find one in Reading in the Dark.

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44 Irish Short Stories : An Anthology of Irish Short Fiction from Yeats to Frank O'Connor

by Devin A. Garrity (Editor)

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Morgan Lylwelyn:

Lion of Ireland

Brian Boru was stronger, braver, and wiser than all other men--the greatest king Ireland has ever known. Out of the mists of the country's most violent age, he emerged to lead his people to the peak of their golden era. Set against the barbaric splendors of the tenth century, this is a story rich in truth and legend--in which friends become deadly enemies.

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Pride of Lions

Lion of Ireland was the chronicle of Brian Boru, the Great King who led the bickering chiefs of Ireland to unity under his reign. Now, Llywelyn takes readers to 1014 Ireland, to the battlefield where Brian died, and to Brian's 15-year-old son, Donough, whose mother is the treacherous Gormlaith, and his time as the High King.

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Brian Boru: Emperor of the Irish

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Bard: The Odessey of the Irish

Bard is the sweeping historical tale of the coming of the Irish to Ireland, and of the men and women who made the Emerald Isle their own. Morgan Llywelyn is the internationally bestselling author of The Lion of Ireland and The Elementals.

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Druids

Taken in by the chief druid of the Carnutes in Gaul, the orphan Ainvar learns to master the druid mysteries of thought, healing, and magic, and learns of his destiny with Vercingetorix, the warrior king.

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Red Branch

Cuchulain was a fatherless boy, yearning to join the warrior elite--the Red Branch. He was protected from above by the bloodthirsty raven god of war and destined to become the Champion of Champions.

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Finn Mac Cool

Somewhere in the shadowy borderland between myth and history is the territory of Finn Mac Cool. The mightiest of the Irish heroes, he was a man of many faces: warrior, poet, lover, creator and destroyer. He had it all and lost it but, in the end, gained immortality. From the bestselling author of Lion in Ireland.

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The Elementals

From the internationally bestselling author of Lion of Ireland comes a powerful new fantasy that sweeps from the dawn of history to our own near future. This environmental fantasy reveals the majesty of the Earth and the power of the elementals: water, fire, earth, and air.

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Strongbow

A story based on true events of twelfth-century Ireland follows the adventure of Richard de Clare, a great Norman knight, and Aoife, a free-spirited princess who is sworn to protect her people. Reprint. AB. K.

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The Horse Goddess

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1916: A Novel of Irish Rebellion

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The politics and factionalism behind the Rising are a tangled web indeed, but Llywelyn unravels them skillfully. Even those who know the story well will be surprised and rewarded by the way she brings back to life a group of brave men who went nobly to their deaths.

-The Philadelphia Inquirer, Desmond Ryan

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Irish Magic

by Susan Wiggs, Morgan Llywelyn, Barbara Samuel, Roberta Gellis

Four radiant tales of adventure and timeless love, and a land of myth and enchantment. Includes "Galway Bay" by Morgan Llywelyn, "The Trysting Hour" by Susan Wiggs, "Rarer Than a White Crow" by Roberta Gellis, and "The Harper's Daughter" by Barbara Samuel. Original.

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Irish Magic II : Four Unforgettable Novellas of Love and Enchantment
by Morgan Llywelyn, Barbara Samuel, Susan Wiggs, Roberta Gellis

A collection of four Irish myths celebrating romance, adventure, and timeless love. From stories of warrior women to tales of sorcery and magic, each novella has been crafted by one of today's most accomplished and beloved romance authors. Ads in "Romantic Times".

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Angela's Ashes: A Memoir

Frank McCourt

"Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood," writes Frank McCourt in Angela's Ashes. "Worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood." Welcome, then, to the pinnacle of the miserable Irish Catholic childhood. Born in Brooklyn in 1930 to recent Irish immigrants Malachy and Angela McCourt, Frank grew up in Limerick after his parents returned to Ireland because of poor prospects in America. It turns out that prospects weren't so great back in the old country either--not with Malachy for a father. A chronically unemployed and nearly unemployable alcoholic, he appears to be the model on which many of our more insulting cliches about drunken Irish manhood are based. Mix in abject poverty and frequent death and illness and you have all the makings of a truly difficult early life. Fortunately, in McCourt's able hands it also has all the makings for a compelling memoir.
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