Soon after Coronella arrives, the Celtic Tiger economy springs to life. Ireland is suddenly importing workers rather than shipping people out. And as the money and the good times flow, a profound self-contentment causes the Irish to forget - almost - the hard decades that preceded the boom. Coronella discovers that this is an ideal setting for a writer with a fresh outlook and an interesting turn of phrase. In his dispatches home - which have appeared previously in the Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor and Cape Cod Times - Coronella brings his dual identity to life in such wide-ranging and revealing essays as "Why Europe Doesn't Get Patriotism," "No Blarney, I'm Raising A Dub!" and "The Summer Of My Irish Commune."
These thoughtful reflections from a misplaced American provide an intriguing and witty glimpse into what life is really like on the Emerald Isle.
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