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BROKEN IRISH

by Delaney, Edward J.

As the millennium approaches, "Southie" is still a place where little distinguishes mob bosses from pillars of industry, the bullied from the bullies, and the pious from the pitiful. In this tough Boston neighborhood, six lives are about to converge.

As the millennium approaches, "Southie" is still a place where little distinguishes mob bosses from pillars of industry, the bullied from the bullies, and the pious from the pitiful. In this tough Boston neighborhood, six lives are about to converge: Jimmy, an alcoholic writer, whose life is unalterably changed after witnessing an accident; Jeanmarie, a teenage runaway, whose quest for independence leads down a dark path; Christopher, a young Catholic school dropout with a gnawing secret; Colleen, a war widow whose grief has blinded her to the needs of her son; Father John, a priest on the eve of forced retirement; and Rafferty, a wealthy businessman who hires a ghostwriter to tell his story.

In BROKEN IRISH, Delaney trains his journalist's ear, his filmmaker's eye, and his writer's heart on each of their stories - creating a driven and deeply human narrative that pierces the core of the American experience. He also gives us a captivating portrait of South Boston in the late-1990s - a time when "Whitey Bulger has evaporated into the ether but his boys still kick around on the street corners . . . waiting for Whitey's Second Coming."


Edward J. Delaney is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker, and author of four works of fiction, including Follow the Sun and Broken Irish, both published by Turtle Point Press, and an educator. He lives and teaches in Rhode Island. He has been a recipient of a 2008 Literary Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a winner of the 2005 PEN/Winship Award for Fiction. His work has been anthologized in Prize Stories: The O.Henry Awards and in Best American Short Stories. As a journalist he is a past winner of the National Education Reporting Award, and well as other national and regional awards.

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BROKEN IRISH is a Booklist Editors' Choice Award, New England Book Festival Grand Prize Winner, Massachusetts Book Award Finalist, Julie Ward Howe Prize Honorable Mention, Massachusetts Center For The Book "Must-Read" selection and Publishers Weekly"Pick of the Week" selection.

Quote: Biagi

If you're anything like me, You Will. Not. Be. Able. To. Stop. Reading.

Quote: David Abrams, author

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.

Quote: Robert Olen Butler, author

A masterpiece.

Review: Library Journal, starred review

Truly indelible. . . . [Delaney] cares about details and understands their importance to the larger themes of loss, desperation, and betrayed loyalties. His characters are not merely vehicles for ideas, but rather fully realized, familiar people, whose failures are heartbreakingly authentic.

Review: Boston Globe

In 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.

Quote: Margot Livesey, author

An entire community is on the brink. Hope is the only hope. And faith cannot scrub the grime off its hands. With Broken Irish, Delaney delivers a gripping epic.

Quote: Adam Braver, author

Beautifully and heartbreakingly balanced.

Review: Kirkus Reviews, starred review

A complex plot and a driving, fast-paced narrative. . . . Highly recommended.

Review: Star Tribune

In an artfully constructed story . . . Delaney tackles corporate corruption, the sex-abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, gun violence, and, especially, alcoholism (in searing passages on the ravages of drink that recall Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano).

Review: Booklist, starred review

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