Broken Irish


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Turtle Point Press
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5.5 X 1.2 X 8.2 inches | 1.15 pounds
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About the Author

Edward J. Delaney is an award-winning author, journalist, and filmmaker. His books include the novels Follow the Sun, Broken Irish, and Warp & Weft, and the short story collection The Drowning and Other Stories. His short fiction has also been published in the Atlantic and Best American Short Stories, and featured on PRI's Selected Shorts program. Among other honors, he has received the PEN/New England Award, O. Henry Prize, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He is also the co-author of Born to Play, by Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia. As a journalist, Delaney has written for publications including the Denver Post and Chicago Tribune, received the National Education Reporting Award, and has served as an editor at the Neiman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. As a filmmaker, he has directed and produced documentary films including The Times Were Never So Bad: The Life of Andre Dubus and Library of the Early Mind.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Delaney has also spent time in Georgia, Florida, and Colorado, and now lives in Rhode Island, where he teaches at Roger Williams University and edits the literary journal Mount Hope.


Booklist Editors' Choice Award

New England Book Festival Grand Prize Winner

Massachusetts Book Award Finalist

Julie Ward Howe Prize Honorable Mention

Massachusetts Center For The Book "Must-Read" selection

Publishers Weekly "Pick of the Week" selection

"Truly indelible. . . . [Delaney] cares about details and understands their importance to the larger themes of loss, desperation, and betrayed loyalties. His characters are not merely vehicles for ideas, but rather fully realized, familiar people, whose failures are heartbreakingly authentic." --Boston Globe

"[Broken Irish] has a complex plot and a driving, fast-paced narrative. . . . Highly recommended." --Star Tribune

"Searing, unforgettable. . . .Though Broken Irish deals with dark subjects it doesn't come off as heavy-handed. Exceedingly clever, the connection between the characters isn't revealed until the very end of the book, making you want to go back to the beginning to sort out the pieces and see how these characters' lives are intertwined." --Missourian

"Glistens with poetic charisma. . . . Delaney does a tremendous job with the different voices. . . . Perspectives jump effortlessly from character to character, brain to heart, motivation to instinct, love to fear." --Brooklyn Rail

"A masterpiece." --Library Journal (starred review)

"Beautifully and heartbreakingly balanced." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Readers will be captivated. . . . [Delaney] demonstrate great dexterity and storytelling acumen in his lyrical page-turner." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"In an artfully constructed story . . . Delaney tackles corporate corruption, the sex-abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, gun violence, and, especially, alcoholism (in searing passages on the ravages of drink that recall Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano)." --Booklist (starred review)

"Muscular and taut. . . . A great story that reaches into a reader's life [and] poses important questions about people, fate and community." --Shelf Awareness for Readers

"Epic in its scope but relentlessly compelling in its storytelling--not a common combination--Broken Irish is a splendidly readable and richly textured novel. Edward J. Delaney is an enormously gifted writer." --Robert Olen Butler, author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain and Perfume River

"In Delaney's South Boston little is lost, nothing forgotten. Old sins, old wounds haunt his characters, young and old, and reverberate throughout his wonderfully complicated plot. Broken Irish is an enthralling, satisfying novel." --Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy and The Hidden Machinery

"An entire community is on the brink. Hope is the only hope. And faith cannot scrub the grime off its hands. With Broken Irish, Delaney delivers a gripping epic." --Adam Braver, author of Mr. Lincoln's Wars and The Disappeared

"If you're anything like me, you Will. Not. Be. Able. To. Stop. Reading." --David Abrams, author of Fobbit and Brave Deeds, at the Quivering Pen