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On Canaan's Side

by Sebastian Barry

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April 2012 Book of the Month.

Getting a copy of a new novel from award-winning Sebastian Barry in the office is always a treat and his latest is simply superb.  Spanning nearly seven decades, it is a devastating and beautiful novel of memory, war, family-ties and love, which once again displays Sebastian Barry's exquisite prose and gift for storytelling.

Shortlisted for the Galaxy International Author of the Year Award 2011.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011.

Sarah Broadhurst

On Canaan's Side Synopsis

'As they used to say in Ireland, the devil only comes into good things'. Narrated by Lilly Bere, On Canaan's Side opens as she mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill. The story then goes back to the moment she was forced to flee Dublin, at the end of the First World War, and follows her life through into the new world of America, a world filled with both hope and danger. At once epic and intimate, Lilly's narrative unfurls as she tries to make sense of the sorrows and troubles of her life and of the people whose lives she has touched. Spanning nearly seven decades, it is a novel of memory, war, family-ties and love, which once again displays Sebastian Barry's exquisite prose and gift for storytelling.

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ISBN: 9780571226542
Publication date: 05/04/2012
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780571226535
Publication date: 04/08/2011
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571226542
Publication date: 5th April 2012
Author: Sebastian Barry
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Genres: Book Club Recommendations, Books of the Month, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Modern and Contemporary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Sebastian Barry

Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955. His plays include The Steward of Christendom and The Pride of Parnell Street and his novels include The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty, Annie Dunne, A Long Long Way and The Secret Scripture. A Long Long Way was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Dublin International Impac Prize, and was the Dublin: One City One Book for 2007. The Secret Scripture won the Costa Book of the Year award, the Irish Book Awards Best Novel, the Independent Booksellers Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker ...

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