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About the Author
Sebastian Barry's plays have been produced in London, Dublin, Sydney, and New York. His novel A Long Long Way was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, as was The Secret Scripture, which was also a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist and winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award and the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction, as well as the Irish Novel of the Year.
Aidan Kelly is a Dublin/London-based actor with extensive stage, film, television, and radio experience. Aidan recently appeared as Tom in the Druid Theatre's production of The Good Father, directed by Garry Hynes for the Galway Arts Festival. Aidan won the Sunday Tribune Award for his performances in Howie the Rookie and Comedians.
If an audiobook that is gorgeously written, tells a heart-thumping story, and is performed with flawless taste and authority is a cause for celebration, chill the champagne. Aiden Kelly gives us Thomas McNulty, a young refugee from Sligo...[in] a supple and powerful performance by Kelly, whose Thomas is somehow both pragmatic and full of wonder. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.-- "AudioFile"
Narrator Aidan Kelly's voice is lilting and poetic, suited to an enthusiastic storyteller with a knack for seeing the humor in almost any situation. His rendering of Barry's beautifully expressive language draws listeners in with excellent pacing.-- "Library Journal (audio review)"
A sweeping vision of America in the making, the most fascinating line-by-line first person narration I've come across in years.-- "Kazuo Ishiguro, Booker Prize-winning author"
A great American novel which happens to have been written by an Irishman.-- "Times Literary Supplement (London)"
Remarkable...Life-affirming in the truest and best ways.-- "Daily Mail (London)"
Barry is the most humane of writers...beauty is mined to its last redemptive glint...A great novel.-- "Irish Times"
Written in a gorgeous style that blends Barry's characteristic eloquence with the straight-talk of early America.-- "Financial Times (London)"
A work of staggering openness...Barry conjures a world in miniature, inward, quiet, sacred.-- "Guardian (London)"
Barry...offers a meditation on the nature of what it means to be an American, and his conclusions are both complex and fearless. A beautifully realized historical novel.-- "Library Journal (starred review)"
A tour de force of style and atmosphere...a timeless work of historical fiction.-- "Booklist (starred review)"
Lively, richly detailed...A contribution not just to Irish literature in English, but also the literature of the American West.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
A beautiful, savage, tender, searing work of art. Sentence after perfect sentence it grips and does not let go.-- "Donal Ryan, author of The Spinning Heart"