The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
This novel is the story of Roseanne McNulty—the subject is the history of Ireland in the early part of this century. The prose reads like a song—lilting and haunting. Barry is a grand writer. Highly recommended!
Long, Last, Happy: New and Selected Stories by Barry Hannah
Barry Hannah wrote like a bat out of hell; this book is an appropriately blazing and glorious collection of his output. Imagine Hunter S. Thompson and William Faulkner sitting on a back porch, swigging from a jug of moonshine and trading turns on the typewriter and you have some idea of what’s in store for you here. Not for the faint of heart!
Nothing to Be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes
What happens to us when we die? Is thee a God? Are we here for a reason, or is existence merely the random product of scientific coincidence? Anyone who has ever asked themselves these overwhelming questions will find that they are in good company—Julian Barnes’ book is beautifully crafted, hilarious, erudite (Btu also deeply human) meditation on life an its inevitable consequence. Whether or not this book gives you the answers to these questions, it will reassure you that, like it or not, we’re all in this together!