Thicker Than Water by Gordon Snell
Coming-of-Age Stories by Irish & Irish American Writers

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Twelve lively and beguiling stories explore coming-of-age in Ireland today. The perfect novel for teens who are eager to discover "How the Irish Saved Civilization" and who read or saw Angela's Ashes.

Twelve remarkable coming-of-age stories capture both the "old," beguiling Ireland and its new energy today. Stories tell of a love so strong it makes the stars shine in daylight; how Catholic and Protestant hostilities burn away a new romance; the hidden longing of a past summer; a waitressing job in Texas that offers a glimpse of the harsh "dream" of immigrant life. In Emma Donoghue's title story, Mammy's second wedding brings out the bloody truth between sisters. Maeve Binchy and Ita Daly tell of old secrets cast off at last, and Chris Lynch shows how a young couple's journey to an abortion clinic in Liverpool leads to a painful awakening of deepest feelings.

By turns hilarious, touching, and tragic, the wide range of subject and style will appeal to adults as well as young adults.

About Gordon Snell

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Editor Gordon Snell is a writer who lives in Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland with his wife, Maeve Binchy.
Published February 13, 2001 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 256 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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A strong collection of stories saturated with the scent of the sea, the taste of Guinness, and a rough Gaelic music to the words even when they are spoken in Texas or Liverpool.

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by Gordon Snell, from Vincent Banville's ""One Day When We Were Young,"" which captures a 13-year-old boy's awakening sexual attraction in 1955 Ireland, to a cheeky teen's account of her mother's remarriage in the titular short story by Emma Donoghue, to Chris Lynch's ""Off Ya Go, So,"" a bitters...

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Bringing together twelve of today's best Irish and Irish-American authors --- Maeve Binchy, Emma Donoghue, Chris Lynch and Shane Connaughton among them --- this collection of stories perfectly captures the essence of adolescence --- that all too familiar emotional pendulum of exhilarating highs a...

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