On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry

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On Canaan’s Side may have missed the Booker shortlist, but make no mistake, Sebastian Barry is one of the best novelists now working.
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Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, a mesmerizing new novel from the award-winning author of The Secret Scripture. Sebastian Barry's latest novel, Days Without End, will be available from Viking in January 2017. 

A first-person narrative of Lilly Bere’s life, On Canaan’s Side opens as the eighty-five-year-old Irish émigré mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill. Lilly, the daughter of a Dublin policeman, revisits her eventful past, going back to the moment she was forced to flee Ireland at the end of the First World War. She continues her tale in America, where—far from her family—she first tastes the sweetness of love and the bitterness of betrayal.

Spanning nearly seven decades, Sebastian Barry’s extraordinary fifth novel explores memory, war, family ties, love, and loss, distilling the complexity and beauty of life into his haunting prose.




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About Sebastian Barry

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SEBASTIAN BARRY's plays have been produced in London, Dublin, Sydney, and New York. His novel A Long Long Way was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, as was The Secret Scripture, which was also a Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist, winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award, and the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction, as well as the Irish Novel of the Year. Barry lives in Wicklow, Ireland, with his wife and three children.
 
Published September 8, 2011 by Penguin Books. 269 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Ian McGillis on Oct 07 2011

On Canaan’s Side may have missed the Booker shortlist, but make no mistake, Sebastian Barry is one of the best novelists now working.

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