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Set in the early-mid 1990's, RESTLESS SOULS tells the story of the friendship between three wayward Irish lads in their late twenties. After three years under siege in Sarajevo during the Bosnian War, Tom returns to Dublin a brittle, haunted shell of his former self, suffering from severe PTSD. Karl and Gus meet him at the airport, knowing they're unqualified to help their best friend yet determined to somehow see him through the darkness. Grasping at straws, they embark on a journey for an unlikely cure on the other side of the world, an experimental PTSD clinic on the California coast called RESTLESS SOULS. A wry, shambolic road trip that's at turns tremendously moving and darkly funny, Restless Souls wrestles with larger themes and meditations on grief and PTSD, and on the way our memories simultaneously comfort and restrict us from growing up and moving on. Author Dan Sheehan skillfully moves between ribald humor and aching pathos to ask a question we can all relate to: in the process of growing up, how do we not also grow apart?
Dan Sheehan is a writer from Chicago now living in Los Angeles. He is the creator of the wildly popular @SickOfWolves Twitter account and his writing has been featured in Playboy, McSweeney's, The Onion, ClickHole, and more. Dan is also cocreator of the storytelling show and podcast "We Still Like You."
"[A] stunning and moving debut novel ... Sheehan's blend of breathless action, unsentimental depictions of love, and spot-on period touches will appeal to readers who like their hopeful narratives tinged with powerful uncertainties."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"A moving journey through grief, loss, war, and new beginnings for three childhood friends on the cusp of finally growing up. Irish debut novelist Sheehan packs an emotional gut punch in his new book, as well as a fair number of laughs--a tightrope walk to be sure, but one he handles with aplomb ... A paean to friendship and the resilience of the human spirit."--Kirkus