2013 Shortlist: Eason Novel of the Year
The Guts Roddy Doyle
Jimmy Rabbitte is back. The man who invented the Commitments back in the eighties is now forty-seven, with a loving wife, four kids … and bowel cancer. He isn’t dying, he thinks, but he might be. A warm, funny novel about friendship and family, about facing death and opting for life.
The Things We Know Now Catherine Dunne
Without warning, Patrick’s world is shattered beyond repair and he is forced to re-evaluate everything: his own life, his role as husband and father, his previous assumptions about family. This is the story of a family torn apart by conflict, suspicion and loss. It is also a story, ultimately, of redemption and forgiveness.
TransAtlantic Colum McCann
Intricately crafted, poetic and deeply affecting, Transatlantic weaves together personal stories to explore the fine line between what is real and what is imagined, and the tangled skein of connections that make up our lives. National Book Award-winning Colum McCann has achieved an outstanding act of literary bravura.
The Thing About December Donal Ryan
Rural Tipperary at the turn of the 21st century. Johnsey Cunliffe grieves the death of his much-loved father. Harassed by local bullies and excluded by his peers, Johnsey’s isolation worsens when his inherited farm is re-zoned and becomes valuable. Donal Ryan’s brilliant novel captures the loneliness of the outcast and the terrible consequences of parochial greed.
Arimathea Frank McGuinness
It is 1950. Donegal. A land apart. Derry city is only fourteen miles away but too far, mentally, for people to travel there in comfort. Into this community comes Gianni, a painter from Italy. A book of close observation, sharp wit, linguistic dexterity – and of deep sympathy for everyday humanity.
This is the Way Gavin Corbett
With the voice of Anthony Sonaghan – a modern-day Traveller born to a powerful, mythic inheritance – Gavin Corbett summons a world we thought we knew as we have not seen or heard it before. Corbett has found a startling idiom – vivid and innocent – with which to speak for Anthony and his Traveller world.