Celebrating the Emerald Isle

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, perhaps your book club would like to do an Irish themed book discussion. Here is a list of novels that encompass all things Irish.

brooklyn bookBrooklyn by Colm Toibin

Leaving her home in post-World War II Ireland to work as a bookkeeper in Brooklyn, Eilis Lacey reluctantly parts with her sister and fragile mother and discovers a new romance in America with a charming blond Italian man before devastating news threatens her happiness.

An Irish Country DoctorAn Irish Country Doctor (Irish Country Book Series) by Patrick Taylor

Barry Laverty, a recent medical school graduate, jumps at the chance to join a rural practice in Ballybucklebo, Northern Ireland, until he meets his boss Dr. O’Reilly, a difficult older physician with his own way of doing things.

Last StorytellerThe Last Storyteller by Frank Delaney

Ireland, 1956. Although Ben MacCarthy wants no part of an upstart insurrection along the northern border, he unknowingly falls in with an IRA sympathizer and is compromised into running guns. Yet despite his perilous circumstances, all he can think about is finding his former wife and true love, the actress Venetia Kelly.

Let the Great World Spin Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

A radical young Irish monk struggles with his own demons as he lives among the prostitutes in the middle of the burning Bronx. A group of mothers gather in a Park Avenue apartment to mourn their sons who died in Vietnam, only to discover just how much divides them even in grief.  Weaving together these and other seemingly disparate lives, McCann’s allegory comes alive in the voices of the city’s people, unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty, and the “artistic crime of the century”–a mysterious tightrope walker dancing between the Twin Towers.

Nora WebsterNora Webster by Colm Toibin

Struggling with grief and financial hardships after the death of her beloved husband, widow, Nora Webster struggles to support her four children and clings to secrecy in the intrusive community of her childhood before finding her voice.

The Princes of Ireland (Book One of The Dublin Saga) by Edward Rutherfurd

princes of irelandA fictional account of the legend of Cuchulainn recreates such events as the mission of Saint Patrick, the Viking invasion, the trickery of Henry II that led to England’s establishment in Ireland, the failed rebellion of 1798, and the Great Famine.

Thirteen Ways of LookingThirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann

A story collection includes the title novella, in which an octogenarian retired judge’s musings on his life are interrupted by police updates about his murder later that afternoon.

All summaries from the publisher.

This article appears in this month’s issue of Syosset Public Library’s newsletter, The Book Club Insider. Receiving the newsletter in your email inbox is one of the benefits of registering your book club with our Readers’ Services Dept.  For for more information please visit our website or call Readers’ Services at 516 921-7161 x239.

-posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services

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