Instead of celebrating St. Patrickâ€™s Day with green beer and corned beef, why not listen to a story by one of Irelandâ€™s great writers? Here are a few recommendations:
A glorious collection of the very best of Maeve Binchyâ€™s short-story writing. Included are stories from several decadesâ€”some published in magazines, others written for friends as gifts, many for charity benefitsâ€”all filled with her signature warmth and humor.
Listen to an excerpt A FEW OF THE GIRLS
Max Morden, a middle-aged, recently widowed Irishman has moved back to the seaside town where he spent his summers as a child. It is a retreat from the grief, anger, and numbness of life without his wife. But it is also a return to the place where he met the Graces, the well-heeled vacationing family with whom he first experienced the strange suddenness of both love and death.
Listen to an excerpt THE SEA
â€śThe irreducible mystery of human experience ties this small collection together, and in each of these stories McCann explores that theme in some strikingly effective ways.â€ť â€“Washington Post
Listen to an excerpt THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING
It is one of the greatest story collections in the English languageâ€”James Joyceâ€™s unflinching, brilliant, often tragic portrait of early-twentieth-century Dublin.
Listen to an excerpt DUBLINERS
Tana French, â€śthe most interesting, most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 yearsâ€ť (Washington Post), writes an addicting mystery about the dark underworld of a teenage girlsâ€™ boarding school.
Listen to an excerpt THE SECRET PLACE
Biting and darkly funny, The Glorious Heresies is the unforgettable vision of a city plagued by poverty and exploitation, where salvation awaits in the most unexpected places.
Listen to an excerpt THE GLORIOUS HERESIES
In the 1980s Jimmy Rabbitte formed the Commitments, a ragtag blue-collar collective of Irish youths determined to bring the soul music of James Brown and Percy Sledge to Dublin. Time proves a great equalizer for Jimmy as heâ€™s now approaching fifty, with a loving wife, four kids, and a recent cancer diagnosis that leaves him feeling shattered and frightened.
Listen to an excerpt GUTS
One night an eighteen-year-old Irish girl, recently arrived in London to attend drama school, meets an older manâ€”a well-regarded actor in his own right.Â She is naive and thrilled by life in the big city, and he is haunted by more than a few demons. The clamorous relationship that ensues risks undoing them both.
Listen to an excerpt THE LESSER BOHEMIANS