The Bend For Home by Dermot Healy

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A funny, direct, lively and moving account of growing up in small-town Ireland. Healy lovingly coaxes his childhood into being until, one day, his elderly mother hands him the coded diary he kept as a teenage tearaway and the uncut past burst in like a blast of raw air.

About Dermot Healy

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DERMOT HEALY is the author of three novels (including A Goat's Song), a memoir, a collection of stories, and five volumes of poetry. His prizes include the Hennessey Award for Short Stories, the Tom Gallon Award, and the Encore Award. He was the winner of the 2002 America Ireland Literary Award, which was funded by the America Ireland Fund and given in recognition of his contribution to Irish letters.
Published September 30, 2012 by Vintage Digital. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction, Travel. Non-fiction

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In closing as he flash-forwards to the 1990s and his return to Cavan to care for his aged mother, infirm and losing her faculties, Healy evokes the surprising bawdiness of the old woman's humor and ruminates on an imaginary place, Hy Brazil, like another Atlantis rising out of the sea, out beyond...

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Novelist and poet Healy has produced not a memoir, as claimed, but an episodic novel in the form of a memoir.

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Entertainment Weekly

A- Originally posted Apr 10, 1998 Published in issue #426 Apr 10, 1998 Order article reprints

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London Review of Books

He has published a collection of short stories, Banished Misfortune (1982), two novels, Fighting with Shadows (1984) and A Goat’s Song (1993), a book of poetry, The Ballyconnell Colours (1992), and has written and directed a number of plays.

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