The Promise of Light by Paul Watkins

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Determined to learn the truth about his family, Irish immigrant's son Ben Sheridan sets sail for Ireland and becomes involved in a struggle between soldiers of the newly formed Irish Republican Army and the savage British troops. 15,000 first printing. $15,000 ad/promo.

About Paul Watkins

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Paul Watkins is the author of seven novels including The Story of My Disappearance, and the memoir Stand Before Your God. He lives with his family in Princeton, New Jersey.
Published January 26, 1993 by Random House.
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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The British know about the guns and about a mysterious American they figure is Arthur Sheridan (another shock for Ben: his father was a former gun-runner who promised to return);

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In 1921, flush with his new job as a banker, young Ben Sheridan returns to his home on Jamestown Island off Rhode Island in time to see a spectacular conflagration in which his father, the island's fire chief, is injured.

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London Review of Books

At a staid University Teachers of English get-together George Steiner, Frank Kermode and Seamus Heaney do their party pieces and a novelist – the author of Doctor Criminale, we must suppose – reads from his upcoming work, ‘whose ending he seems not to know’.

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