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Irish March

Irish March has come around again, and I thought I'd read something contemporary this year, but my public library had no books from the recently acclaimed Anna Burns, Eimear McBride or Sally Rooney. Fortunately, as I was scanning the shelves for Rooney, I stumbled across Ethel Rohan's The Weight of Him, which crossed my radar a while back (it was published in 2017) but I had since forgotten. Ireland-born writer, Irish setting, good critical response. Works for me. I think she's even a Facebook friend (or something) of mine, but we've never corresponded. The book is 336 pages so it should take me a few weeks to read, but I'm not sure what I'll read for the remainder of the month. Maybe scrounge up something cheap at Open Books.

February 28, 2019 in Books | Permalink


There's always Iris Murdoch, though none of her novels is especially Irish except for The Red and the Green.

Posted by: Paul at Mar 1, 2019 4:39:33 AM

Are you seeking only women writers? If not, then I think you'd like Colm Toibin, especially his novel Brooklyn (Irish-American experience).

Posted by: Paul at Mar 1, 2019 6:10:40 AM

Women or men. Brooklyn is definitely on my list.

Posted by: Pete at Mar 3, 2019 10:28:19 AM

Though I’ll probably read William Trevor’s Two Lives, which collects his novellas Reading Turgenev and My House in Umbria. He’s one of my favorite writers, and I haven’t read anything of his in a couple of years.

Posted by: Pete at Mar 8, 2019 8:57:31 AM