Shay Rynne grew up in the Corporation Flats ― public housing ― in Fenian Street, Dublin. He has always toyed with the idea of joining the Garda Síochána, the Irish police. But in the early 1970s, young fellows from the tenements of Dublin have not been welcomed in the police force. When his friend Rosaleen is killed and the case goes unsolved, Shay decides to put on the uniform of a Dublin garda and sets out to find the killer.
Brisk, observational, and darkly comic, Unrest is both a road trip story and a touching eulogy on life, death, and what we leave behind.
Three reviews of books written by Indigenous authors that Alison Manley (TMR's Associate Editor) read in late 2022.
Some Hellish is a story about anguish and salvation, the quiet grace and patience of transformation, the powers of addiction and fear, the plausibility of forgiveness, and the immense capacity of friendship and of love.
Episodic in nature, Birth Road by Michell Wamboldt tells the story of Helen, a young woman from Truro, whose life of heartbreak and challenge will pierce your soul but her pluck and perseverance will warm your heart.
Her first full length graphic narrative, Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands is an untold story of Canada: a country that prides itself on its egalitarian ethos and natural beauty while simultaneously exploiting both the riches of its land and the humanity of its people.
The Oxford Widows Murder Club is about secrets and what happens when they are and aren’t revealed. How did Earl, that nimble dancer and carver of wooden birds, wind up dead?
In Francie’s Got a Gun, award-winning writer Carrie Snyder assembles a chorus of unforgettable characters who are both well-intentioned and flawed.
The Boy's Marble tells the story of experiencing a war through the eyes of a child. Separated as children during the Sarajevo Siege, the narrator meeets someone who reminds her of the boy even twenty years later in Montreal, Canada.
The Booker-shortlisted author of His Bloody Project blurs the lines between patient and therapist, fiction and documentation, and reality and dark imagination.
Jennifer Falkner’s Susanna Hall, Her Book is another imagining of the life of Susanna, the eldest daughter of William Shakespeare, but one approached from a different angle than most.
Queasy is a set of essays, in chronological order, looking at different parts of Madeline Sonik's teenage experience in England, the directionless wandering through life she’s engaged in, and her desire to be a writer, despite the fact that she dropped out of high school in Canada and knows she needs to do something to get more education.
I dove into this book assuming that it was going to be bleak – I mean, the title is The Punishing Journey of Arthur Delaney, and it’s not a metaphor – but wow, Bob Kroll held back no punches with this one.
Mad Honey immerses the reader in a search for truth bounded by the everyday magic of beekeeping, family and finding peace, while asking how much we really understand the natural world.
Night in the World explores the need to end our separations from each other and from nature -- coming home, at last, to a beleaguered yet still beautiful world.