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Dead men have no secrets, but how about dead fish? Fin Rising is a black comedy with a touch of mystery and romance set in the rugged West of Ireland at the turn of the millennium. Buy Book Here

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New York City, 1999. Manhattan was undergoing a momentous transformation, with crime at record lows, the city awash in dot-com buzz, and young professionals taking over the city’s sketchier precincts – and pushing their longtime residents further to the fringes. Yet some things stayed the same. Declan Coulter, raised by his fiery Belfast-born mother in an Alphabet City tenement, is a holdout to an earlier era. Buy the Book!

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The British Secret Intelligence Service has recruited its most unlikely agent—an Irish musician. And they’ve given Conor McBride an unlikely mission—to find and capture his own brother. Buy the Book!

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The time is April 1916 and Timothy Michael O’Brien has promised to wed Maire Kelly, a young woman, who works for the publican Reilly. Two weeks before their nuptials Tim goes off looking for adventure so as to have stories to tell his children in old age. 

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Ireland, 1959: Young Christopher Hurley is a tinker, a Pavee gypsy, who roams with his father and extended family from town to town, carrying all their worldly possessions in their wagons. Christy carries with him a burden of guilt as well, haunted by the story of his mother's death in childbirth.

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For many of us, the idea of walking away from our jobs and running a charming B&B in the Irish countryside sounds fabulous. Not so for Lainey Byrne, an events manager in Melbourne who gets a real kick out of controlling the chaos of her professional and personal life ( in other words, telling everyone what to do).

But when Lainey's Aunt May passes away, someone from the Byrne family must return home to Ireland and take over her business for a year in order to collect the inheritance. As uusual, Lainey volunteers, deciding to break up with her sex, sensitive boyfriend "for practical reasons." After all, their work keeps them apart even in Melbourne. How would the relationship survive a year of separation?

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This nicely tuned road trip novel from 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award–winner King begins in Ohio, where April Shea is a pigheaded 14-year-old girl who experiments with pot and constantly squabbles with her single mother, Marcy. Together, Marcy and April care for Marcy's 79-year-old father, Bill, a Korean War vet and retired salesman now suffering from Alzheimer's.

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Delaney pulls out all the stops as he tips his hat to two great and all but indistinguishable Irish traditions: the theater and politics. Set in Ireland in the politically tumultuous 1930s, this rollicking tale, chockfull of Irish wit, superstition, and sentiment, features a larger-than-life cast of suitably eccentric characters.

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Already fast becoming a classic among coming-of-age tales, John the Revelator has garnered praise from Nick Laird, Colm Tóibín, Roddy Doyle, and John Boyne, and is a critical darling in the U.K.

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These short stories are set primarily in the farmland of County Antrim in Northern Ireland during the author’s youth in the nineteen forties and fifties, but some feature Scots-Irish in America and England during that same period.

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These short stories are set primarily in the farmland of County Antrim in Northern Ireland during the author’s youth, but some stories also take place in the city of Belfast.

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 In this big, passionate, colourful novel the Bronx is burning in 1980-82, Bobby Sands is dying, John Lennon is being stalked, the Reagan Revolution has begun and AIDS is about to be identified. But life goes on in the immigrant bars of Bainbridge Avenue as Sean arrives from Ireland looking for his girlfriend, Mary, and finds a lot more than he bargained for. Danny McCorley is a new type of gay hero: a hard-hitting, book-loving, immigrant construction worker with a shadowy past in the Irish Republican movement.

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What happens if you mix the love of a large family, the hope expressed in Irish folklore, and the faith symbolized in Arthurian legend? Get ready for a magical adventure, filled with the clashing of swords and the splintering of jousting lances, the awakening of champions, the confrontation of light and dark forces spanning centuries, and the magic of the movies. Join the Colonna family as they encounter the legend of King Arthur in the flesh with the help of colorful, dynamic and magical characters.

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The story of Michael and Mary starts in the years before Major Denis Mahon inherited the 30,000 acre Hartland Estate in Ireland from his uncle. The lands, once owned by the tenants, were awarded to its owners by the King of England during the siege of Cromwell.  This is the tale of two lovers who live through the most turbulent period of Irish History and whose tale is told by their direct descendent. Brutal thuggery, mistaken death, and a tale that spans across a wide sea of time- don't miss this story!

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In one of the most captivating stories of childhood yet to emerge from Northern Ireland, The Faloorie Man traces the early years of Martin McBride, a young Catholic boy growing up on the streets of post-war Belfast. Stark, funny, at times heart-wrenching, Martin’s coming of age story is set against sectarian division. As he emerges from the cocoon of his family, he faces an uncertain world: the shocking discovery of the difference between boys and girls, the unprovoked fighting on the schoolyard, the torture of education, the doubtful pleasure of illicit sex, and the accidental discovery of a darkly hidden truth.

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A surprisingly tender McCourt disarms the reader with his openness and dexterous touch in this winning sequel to A Monk Swimming. Two constants undergird the book: McCourt's love for (and sometimes rocky relationship) with his second wife, Diana, and the lure of alcohol. " Of the bad habits available, I missed very few, " he admits.

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In 1952, traveling steerage, Malachy McCourt left a childhood of poverty in Limerick, Ireland, heading for the promise of America. This is the story of what he brought with him, and what he thought he left behind.

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 A breakaway bestseller since it first appeared in 1999, All Souls takes us deep into Michael Patrick MacDonald’s Southie, the proudly insular neighborhood with the highest concentration of white poverty in America. Buy the Book!

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In Easter Rising Michael Patrick MacDonald tells the story of how he escaped Old Colony housing project, and learned to live again. Desperate to avoid the "normal" life of crime and drugs that surrounds him, Michael crosses the bridge into the bigger world and reinvents himself in the burgeoning punk rock movement downtown.

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A shattered cup. Cheap tea. Bitter voices asking what's to be done with the "little eejit." Mary, an impetuous Irishwoman, won't face the haunting memories--until her daughter's crisis propels her back to County Clare.

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Liverpool Fantasy is a work of fiction, but it was inspired by real events. To my generation, the Beatles were more than real people - they were archetypes, and it is in this manner that I use both them and others of their era in this novel. "Please Please Me" opened the floodgates for that realignment, and I never hear it without being stabbed by the memory of those first uplifting months when the world seemed to spin on a different orbit. And, by the way, regardless of what the authorities say, it did reach number one on the Radio Luxembourg's Sunday night Top Twenty - the only chart that mattered back in those turbo-charged days. What would have happened if that song had never been released? For how much longer would we have stagnated?

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One family’s epic journey captures both the tragedy and triumph of the Irish-American experience—and echoes the myths and legends of Ireland herself …

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In Ireland, the famine, the result of generations of British Colonial rule, causes widespread death and the emigration of millions of Irish. In Mexico, the peasant-led revolt that frees the people from Spanish rule does not release them from their aristocratic yoke. Texas, sold by Santa Anna to save his skin, is now controlled by the Anglos, and its borders are in dispute. Irish immigrant soldiers in the American Army are forced to chose between their oath of allegiance to their new country or  the Catholic religion of their homeland; shared with the people they fight.

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