The Hill Road
By Patrick O'Keeffe
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143037934, 240pp.)
Publication Date: October 31, 2006
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Winner of the 2005 Story Prize
Reminiscent of Alice Munro and William Trevor, Patrick O'Keeffe's lyrical eloquence expressively unveils the cloistered world of a rural southwestern Irish town and its inhabitants. Brimming with thoughtful, gorgeous prose and linked by setting and circumstances that span generations, the four novellas in The Hill Road revolve around the parish of Kilroan and its inhabitants, and how, over time, the people and the community itself are transfigured by life-changing events. Marked by love, devotion, secrets, unfulfilled dreams, family intimacies, and missed opportunities, these characters embody the rugged unfolding of the landscape-a volatile place of natural beauty where stories alter lives. BACKCOVER: "A remarkable achievement . . . There is a wonderful Irish music running through O'Keeffe's prose, yet his tales of ordinary rural life in twentieth-century Ireland are unsparing and never sentimental."
-The Baltimore Sun
"Handsome, subtle narratives by an exquisitely talented Irishborn writer."
"Lush and evocative . . . a dreamlike collection."
-The New York Times Book Review
Patrick O’Keeffe emigrated from Ireland to the United States in the mid-1980s and received a degree in English from the University of Kentucky. In 1998, O’Keeffe was accepted into the MFA writing program at the University of Michigan, where he studied with Nicholas Delbanco, Charles Baxter, and Eileen Pollack. He is now a lecturer at the University of Michigan.
“A remarkable achievement . . . There is a wonderful Irish music running through O’Keeffe’s prose, yet his tales of ordinary rural life in twentieth-century Ireland are unsparing and never sentimental.” —The Baltimore Sun
“Handsome, subtle narratives by an exquisitely talented Irish-born writer.” —Elle
“Lush and evocative . . . a dreamlike collection.” —The New York Times Book Review