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Kirk Weddell is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker; Brothers is his debut novel and is based on his earlier Writers Store Grand Prize-winning screenplay. After graduating with a degree in neuroscience, Kirk moved into writing; his science fiction screenplay Alone was shortlisted for the prestigious Oscar Academy Nicholl Fellowship in 2016 and is entering production next year, and his short film Dutch Bird won numerous awards at International Film Festivals.
Brothers by Kirk Weddell has all the seasoned quietude of a maritime adventure novel. Owen Kerrigan is a weather-worn and embittered lighthouse keeper. He is disillusioned by his past, owing to the estranged relationship he has with his brother, Patrick. He now lives a solitary existence on the coast of Clare Island, tending to the many laborious engagements of a lighthouse keeper and guarding an ancient secret... This short novel expertly develops its setting, in its depictions of the raw elements of a remote Irish coast and even in the humorous exploits of the two young brothers, Ryan and Derry. I loved the pacing in this novel and how quickly the plot progressed, as it doesn't solely rely on the merits of its maritime setting or on the charm of the quiet moments in Owen's life. Brothers is a quick read that I found engaging from the outset and largely enjoyable throughout. Lois Cudjoe, A LoveReading Ambassador