Ghosts and Lightning by TREVOR BYRNE

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An outstanding debut novel set in Dublin from a young Irish novelist that echoes the poignant, comical and gritty voices of Roddy Doyle, Patrick McCabe, and Irvine Welsh.

Set in contemporary Dublin and the surrounding countryside, Ghosts and Lightning is a picaresque account of Denny Cullen's life after he is called back home to attend his mother's funeral. Denny—a sweet-natured but disillusioned young man who feels powerless in the face of death, dope and the dole queue—is the steadiest in a cast of unstable characters. Denny and his lads fill their empty days with hooliganism, raucous parties, violence and even an exorcism, but their fearlessness and humor make them as irresistible as an expertly pulled pint of Guinness.
 

About TREVOR BYRNE

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TREVOR BYRNE was born in 1981 and brought up in Clondalkin in south Dublin. He attended Trinity College and the University of Glamorgan. He is currently a tutor of creative writing at Glamorgan University.
 
Published December 29, 2009 by Doubleday. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A refugee from Dublin's slums returns home to face the phantoms of his hometown.

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Publishers Weekly

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Twenty-something protagonist Denny Cullen is called home to Dublin when his mother dies unexpectedly. He stumbles through the following weeks; vivid reunions with friends and family are felt throug

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Although gothic tropes pervade Byrne's strong debut novel, they're doused—or soused, rather—with vibrant Dublin brogue and streetwise wit. On the death of his mother, 26-year-

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Following a brief self-imposed exile in Wales, Denny is urgently called back to Dublin when his mother dies.

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Book Reporter

Denny Cullen left Ireland for Wales not too long ago.

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The Bookbag

Another Irish novelist who uses colloquial language (and swear words) in his work is Roddy Doyle, author of many fine novels including Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha and The Dead Republic.

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Dallas News

By ROBERT CREMINS / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News Robert Cremins is a Houston novelist.

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