Recognized as a small masterpiece when first published in 1977, and shortlisted for the Booker Prize. A poignant novel about a boy in Derry jolted into early adulthood by harsh circumstances.------
Not everyone remembers the horror of The Troubles in Northern Ireland--the murders, the bombings, the checkpoints, the constant guerrilla warfare. A terrible time, a time of great violence; mothers didn't want their children on the street for fear of gunfire.
This novel was written in the midst of the troubles and examines the life of one family and the effects the Troubles had on them. Joe Logan is the protagonist, a young boy stuck in a city under siege, whose home life is also full of anger and resentment.
Joe finds a friend in Kathleen, a young school teacher who provides him with some respite from the harsh realities of life in conflict-ridden Derry. But when Joe's brother Brendan returns and joins the Provos (Provisional Irish Republican Army), the problems at home escalate. Then Brendan begins dating Kathleen, and Joe feels jealous and left out.
An intense and moving account of a time period that tore a country and families apart.
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Literary Fiction. 1977; 2014. Print length: 177 page.