The Fields by Kevin Maher

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The highly coloured, soapily operatic plot becomes, by the end of the book, a very tall tale indeed, but that's part of the point; Maher understands the comic power both of fine detail and wild exaggeration.
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Kate Atkinson welcomes a first novel that's "a joy to read: fresh, funny, and always unexpected."

It's the first summer of lust for 14-year-old Jim Finnegan, a boy trying to become a man in 1980s Dublin. Jim's days are spent navigating his boisterous family, taking breakneck bike rides with his best friend, dancing to Foreigner on his boombox, and quietly coveting the local girls from afar.

Jim's teenage dreams come true when he wins the attention of a beautiful older girl-but he also becomes the target of a devious religious figure in the community. When Jim and his girlfriend take a clandestine trip by ferry to London, the dark and difficult repercussions of their journey force Jim to look for the solution to all his problems in some very unusual places.

THE FIELDS is an unforgettable portrait of a boy who sinks into troubles as he grows into a man, and the loving but fractured family that might be his downfall--or his salvation.
 

About Kevin Maher

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Kevin Maher was born and raised in South Dublin. He moved to London to begin a career in journalism in 1994. He was Film Editor of the Face for five years, and has written features and film criticism for the Guardian, the Observer, and Time Out. For the last seven years he has been a feature writer, critic, and columnist for The Times. He lives in England with his wife and three children. THE FIELDS is his first novel.
 
Published August 13, 2013 by Reagan Arthur Books. 399 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Justine Jordan on Mar 21 2013

The highly coloured, soapily operatic plot becomes, by the end of the book, a very tall tale indeed, but that's part of the point; Maher understands the comic power both of fine detail and wild exaggeration.

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Reviewed by Neil O' Sullivan on Apr 12 2013

The Fields is an uneven book. Later chapters set in a London that is home to abortion clinics, gays and people not governed by fear of God, tend to wander. And early on Maher leans a bit too heavily on 1980s nostalgia...

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