5 Novels for Saint Patrick's Day

March 16, 2014 | M. Elwood

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March 17 is Saint Patrick's Day. According to Wikipedia, the day is celebrated by "attending parties, attending céilidh, wearing shamrocks, wearing green, drinking Irish beer, [and] drinking Irish whiskey". Toronto Public Library would like to remind you that reading Irish fiction is also a great way to celebrate.

These are five recent novels by Irish writers:

Ghost moth Guts Rage This is how it ends This is the way

Ghost Moth by Michèle Forbes
In 1969 Northern Ireland is on the brink of civil war. Katherine recovering from a near-drowning loses herself in the memories of a summer in 1949 when she had to choose between a passionate affair and a reliable boyfriend.

The Guts by Roddy Doyle
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Doyle revisits Jimmy Rabbitte, the protagonist of his first novel The Commitments. Rabbitte is now 47, happily married with 4 kids and bowel cancer. Winner of the Irish Book Award: Eason Novel of the Year.

The Rage by Gene Kerrigan
A Dublin police sergeant investigates the murder of a banker just after the collapse of the Irish economy. The 2012 winner of the Crime Writer's Association Gold Dagger award for crime novel of the year.

This is How it Ends by Kathleen MacMahon
Set during the time of Obama's election, this book tells the story of a brief love affair between Addie, an unemployed architect, and Bruno, a banker who has come to Dublin to rebuild after the American economic collapse.

This is the Way by Gavin Corbett
Anthony Sonaghan is from a family of Travellers and fears he has reignited an ancient conflict between two parts of the family. As he hides in a Dublin tenement, Anthony realizes that he must reconcile the ancient traditions of his culture with the reality of 21st century Ireland.