Booking Passage: We Irish and Americans


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.9 X 0.82 X 8.08 inches | 0.64 pounds
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About the Author

Thomas Lynch's poems, essays, and stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry and The Paris Review. His book The Undertaking won the American Book Award, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and was made into an Emmy Award-winning PBS Frontline documentary. He lives in Michigan and in Moveen, County Clare, Ireland. Visit


He's no mere tourist but a man who's made a deep personal commitment to the land from which his forebears came and who has a sensitive, nuanced understanding of the place and its people...It's a lovely book.--Jonathan Yardley
[Lynch] draws an enticing picture of his home away from home: the dreamlike environs of Moveen, County Clare.--Joseph O'Neill
Those of us with Irish ancestry will find this an appealing account of family, faith, destiny, and why so many Americans wish they were Irish, too.--Dan R. Barber
A master of the contemplative amble...There is enough poetry in the writing of it, both in verse and in prose, that a reader cannot come away from it without knowing what Lynch is about...Hearing Lynch's can gain wisdom for one's own journey, Irish or not.--Marta Salij
Thomas Lynch is one of our indispensable essayists, a master of skeptical realism and tragicomic relief. The true subject of this generous, rowdy book is Lynch's own wonderful mind, as it bobs and weaves, making connections between the personal and the tribal, history and the present moment, in language that is gorgeous and consistently apt.--Phillip Lopate, author of Getting Personal and Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan
Thomas Lynch is an original...If there were more Thomas Lynches in the world, it might be a little less full of hatred and have a little more room in it.--George Bornstein