Tag: Ireland

Review: Asking For It by Louise O’Neill

Emma O’Donovan is not a nice girl.  She’s mean to her closest friends and she wants every boy to be in love with her. She lies, she steals, and she’s not exactly a virgin.  As she turns 18, her life is pretty good. She’s been told…

Review: Normal People by Sally Rooney

I loved the way this book begins, because I identified very much with Marianne, one of its two narrators.  Marianne and Connell are two teens in a small town in Ireland.  Marianne is smart, independent, and proud, but has no friends at school.  Connell…

The Good People by Hannah Kent

This is Hannah Kent’s second book, after her superb Burial Rites, which was about an 1829 true crime in Iceland.  Like Burial Rites, this one is based on a true story occurring in Ireland in the late 1800s.  And in the broader sense, it’s…

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

I love how different Emma Donoghue’s books are.  This one takes us to Ireland  just after the Crimean War in the 1850’s.  Lib Wright is a widow who became a nurse and served with Florence Nightingale in Scutari.  She’s been hired by the O’Donnell…

The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney

I had heard so many good things about this book (it won the 2016 Bailey’s Prize) that I was nervous it might not live up to expectations.  It absolutely did. I was immediately drawn into the story of Ryan, a fifteen-year-old boy with an…

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

For some reason, it took me a while to get into this book. You would think that a book where a kid falls over and dies in the first chapter (during a doughnut eating contest) would immediately draw you in.  Of course you want to…

Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell

Maggie O’Farrell is one of my favorite writers, and this book may be one of her best.  It’s about a very dysfunctional family suffering through a heatwave in 1976 London.  Robert, the father, goes out one morning for a paper and doesn’t come back. …

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