The Temporary Gentleman

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Penguin Books
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5.0 X 7.6 X 0.5 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Sebastian Barry has won the Costa Book of the Year Award, the Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year Award and the Walter Scott Prize. His work has twice been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He is the author of five previous novels and lives in Ireland.


Praise for The Temporary Gentleman

"One of the best writers in the English language....[Barry's] soul-wrenching narratives and incantatory prose...are powerful canvases of the human spirit."--Marie Arana, The Washington Post

"Both fascinating and moving, and shows Sebastian Barry to be one of our finest novelists, daring, accommodating, and humane."--John Banville, Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea

"Barry's prose has a dreamlike quality....The raw elegance of his storytelling has its own beauty."--Booklist

"Pensive, quietly lyrical...a beautifully written story of a love lost."--Kirkus

Praise for Sebastian Barry

"A deeply moving story of courage and fidelity."--J. M. Coetzee, Nobel Prize-winning author of Disgrace

"Barry succeeds admirably in creating complex individuals who find themselves trapped in a brutal reality."--Los Angeles Times

"Sebastian Barry's handling of voice and cadence is masterly. His fictional universe is filled with life, quiet truth and exquisite intimacy; it is also fully alert to the power and irony of history. In evoking Lilly Bere, he has created a most memorable character."--Colm Tóibín, author of the Costa Novel Award-winning Brooklyn

"A story of love and loss, as Irish as the white heather and as big-hearted as America itself."--Helen Simonson, New York Times bestselling author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

"A marvel of empathy and tact."--Joseph O'Neill, author of the PEN/Faulkner Award winning novel Netherland

"Prose of often startling beauty."--Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy

"Language of surpassing beauty....It is like a song, with all the pulse of the Irish language."--The New York Times

"[Barry's] words have a stony allure of the Irish poets and the lyrical pull of an epic storyteller."--The Boston Globe