On March 17th, everyone is a little bit Irish, which is awesome because I’ve been to Ireland and besides it being an incredibly beautiful country, Irish people are some of the nicest I’ve ever met. And since Ireland is known for its storytelling, why not take a listen to some books by a few great Irish authors.
A WEEK IN WINTER is Maeve Binchy’s last novel, as the best-selling author passed away last July. Take the time to pay homage to her stories by spending time at the Stone hose Inn. Located on the Irish coast in a small town where everyone knows everyone else’s business, Chicky decides to turn one of the old mansions into a holiday getaway. From the guests that arrive, to the locals in the town, the cast of characters in this novel will sure to make you smile, laugh and maybe even shed a tear.
NEW YORK is a book about an American city– not an Irish one, but Edward Rutherfurd is Irish so this still counts (Besides, about 30 minutes away from the city, Pearl River has one of the largest Irish communities in America). A master of historical fiction, Rutherfurd invites us to learn the journeys of six New York families, combining the city’s illustrious history with romance, war, family drama, and personal triumphs spaning the Revolutionary War until September 2001. Also a reminder that Edward Rutherfurd’s PARIS is out in April, so if you love NEW YORK, you’ll love the story of the city of romance.
VENETIA KELLY’S TRAVELING SHOW by Frank Delaney explores two of Ireland’s great national passions: theater and politics. Ireland in 1932 is facing its most important election, and the campaigns are building into heated exchanges, near-riots, and an armed coup. At the same time, we’re introduced to 18 year old Ben McCarthy, whose father fell in love with Venetia Kelly and joined her traveling show. When his mother instructs Ben to go after him, well… like father, like son. Frank Delaney weaves an unforgettable story as big and boisterous as the people and events it chronicles.
LATER LISTEN: Irish great Column McCann’s TRANSATLANTIC is coming out in audio for the first time on June 4th, 2013, so be sure to put that date on your calendar!
Go put on something green, slice yourself a piece of Irish Soda bread and crack open a Guinness because it’s time to get your Irish on!