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Broken Irish

by Edward J. Delaney

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Broken Irish by Edward J. Delaney
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2011
    416 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Broken Irish is a passionately written novel about revenge, redemption, and alcoholism. It's a story driven by character, community, and coincidence set in south Boston in the late 1990s, a time when even the local parish church is party to a scandal about to unravel. With tight control and a powerful narrative drive, Edward J. Delaney's Broken Irish offers a vantage point from which to view the sad workings of an entire deteriorating society.

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"Starred Review. There's nary a blue sky in sight in Delaney's world, but readers will be captivated." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Delaney keeps all of the incipient tragedy beautifully and heartbreakingly balanced through artful plotting and an unadorned but graceful prose style." - Kirkus Reviews

"[Delaney's] characters are not merely vehicles for ideas, but rather, fully realized, familiar people, whose failures are heartbreakingly authentic." - Boston.com

"Epic in its scope but relentlessly compelling in its storytelling - not a common combination - Broken Irish is a splendidly readable and richly textured novel. Edward J. Delaney is an enormously gifted writer. - Robert Olen Butler

"In Edward J. Delaney's South Boston little is lost, nothing forgotten. Old sins, old wounds haunt his characters, young and old, and reverberate throughout his wonderfully complicated plot. Broken Irish is an enthralling, satisfying novel." - Margot Livesey

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Edward J. Delaney

Edward J. Delaney is the winner of a 2008 Literary Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the 2005 PEN/Winship Award for Fiction and a past winner of an O.Henry Prize for short story writing. Among other works, Delaney co-authored Born to Play by Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia. Visit him online at: www.edwardjdelaney.com.

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