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New York : Viking, 2014.
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275 pages ; 24 cm
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"As he did so masterfully in the connected novellas of The Hill Road, Patrick O'Keeffe's first novel moves back and forth in time and place to weave the story of two Irish families forever linked by love, secrets, and their heritage. James Dwyer was born in rural county Limerick before moving to Dublin as a teenager and ultimately settling in Ann Arbor. One night James's past appears in the form of a down-and-out man named Walter, who issues an invitation for James to come to Upstate New York to visit his old childhood neighbor, Kevin Lyons. Although neither James nor Kevin particularly cares for each other, there's no denying their complicated past. Kevin and James's sister, Tess, were lovers while James fell hard for Kevin's sister, Una"-- Provided by publisher.
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9780670024636 (hbk.)
0670024635 (hbk.)
9780670024636
0670024635
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852221567
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Settling in Ann Arbor, Michigan, after a youth spent in Dublin, James visits a childhood neighbor in upstate New York with whom he reflects on a complicated past during which they shared relationships with each other's sisters. - (Baker & Taylor)

Settling in Ann Arbor, Michigan, after a youth spent in Dublin, James visits a childhood neighbor in upstate New York with whom he reflects on a complicated past during which they shared relationships with each other's sisters. By the award-winning author of The Hill Road. - (Baker & Taylor)

"As he did so masterfully in the connected novellas of The Hill Road, Patrick O'Keeffe's first novel moves back and forth in time and place to weave the story of two Irish families forever linked by love, secrets, and their heritage. James Dwyer was bornin rural county Limerick before moving to Dublin as a teenager and ultimately settling in Ann Arbor. One night James's past appears in the form of a down-and-out man named Walter, who issues an invitation for James to come to Upstate New York to visit his old childhood neighbor, Kevin Lyons. Although neither James nor Kevin particularly cares for each other, there's no denying their complicated past. Kevin and James's sister, Tess, were lovers while James fell hard for Kevin's sister, Una"-- - (Baker & Taylor)

A lyrical novel set in America and Ireland from the Story Prizewinning author ofThe Hill Road

As he did so masterfully in the connected novellas of The Hill Road, Patrick O’Keeffe’s first novel moves back and forth in time and place to weave the story of two Irish families forever linked by love, secrets, and their heritage.

James Dwyer was born in rural county Limerick before moving to Dublin as a teenager and ultimately settling in Ann Arbor. One night James’s past appears in the form of a down-and-out man named Walter, who issues an invitation for James to come to Upstate New York to visit his old childhood neighbor, Kevin Lyons. Although neither James nor Kevin particularly cares for each other, there’s no denying their complicated past. Kevin and James’s sister, Tess, were lovers while James fell hard for Kevin’s sister, Una.

Illuminating the precarious balance of family intimacies and how stories can carry over from one generation to the next, O’Keeffe’sThe Visitors further delivers on the elegant prose and plotting that earned him critical acclaim and the Story Prize forThe Hill Road.

- (Penguin Putnam)

A lyrical novel set in America and Ireland from the Story Prize–winning author ofThe Hill Road

As he did so masterfully in the connected novellas of The Hill Road, Patrick O’Keeffe’s first novel moves back and forth in time and place to weave the story of two Irish families forever linked by love, secrets, and their heritage.

James Dwyer was born in rural county Limerick before moving to Dublin as a teenager and ultimately settling in Ann Arbor. One night James’s past appears in the form of a down-and-out man named Walter, who issues an invitation for James to come to Upstate New York to visit his old childhood neighbor, Kevin Lyons. Although neither James nor Kevin particularly cares for each other, there’s no denying their complicated past. Kevin and James’s sister, Tess, were lovers while James fell hard for Kevin’s sister, Una.

Illuminating the precarious balance of family intimacies and how stories can carry over from one generation to the next, O’Keeffe’sThe Visitors further delivers on the elegant prose and plotting that earned him critical acclaim and the Story Prize forThe Hill Road. - (Random House, Inc.)

Author Biography

Patrick O'Keeffe emigrated from Ireland to the United States in the mid-1980s. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and earned a MFA from the University of Michigan. He now teaches at Ohio University and lives in Athens, Ohio.

- (Penguin Putnam)

Patrick O'Keeffe emigrated from Ireland to the United States in the mid-1980s. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and earned a MFA from the University of Michigan. He now teaches at Ohio University and lives in Athens, Ohio. - (Random House, Inc.)

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Booklist Reviews

Reminiscent of his work in The Hill Road (2005), O'Keeffe's second book flits easily through time and space to tell the story of two Irish families linked intimately over several generations. Leaving behind his family's farm in rural Ireland, James Dwyer travels first to Dublin, then to Boston, arriving finally at school in Ann Arbor, Michigan. There he receives an invitation to visit a childhood neighbor, Kevin Lyons, now living in New York. James never liked Kevin and is determined to decline the request, but their fathers were best friends, and they are further linked through romantic entanglements with each other's siblings. Ultimately, James cannot deny the invitation, and the meeting only serves to bind the two together more firmly through shared memories and tragedy. By exploring the characters' intertwined lives, O'Keeffe shows that we are the sum of our past experiences but that even the same history tells a different story for each of us. He weaves a poignant tale of hope and loss that is colorful and engaging in its detail and highly recommended. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Library Journal Reviews

Story Prize winner O'Keeffe's first novel after The Hill Road tells the story of two Irish families, the Dwyers and the Lyons, and how the lives of the children especially become entangled, more by proximity than by passion. As the children scatter abroad to earn their living, their connections become tenuous but remain as an unrelenting itch in the mind of Jimmy Dwyer, the narrator. Jimmy is born in the rural county Limerick, moves to Dublin as a teenager, and finally settles in Ann Arbor, MI. He evokes the frustration of poverty, rural life, and puberty and depicts the inconsistency of moral convictions—those of his community as well as his own. When an unexpected reunion with his childhood friend Kevin Lyons and new information about the reality of the past becomes available, Jimmy's perspective changes. VERDICT O'Keeffe paints a picture of self-centered introspection, Irish gloom, and the ironic repetition of events from generation to generation that will appeal to most fiction readers.—Joanna Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Libs., Providence

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