On Canaan's Side

By Sebastian Barry
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143122180, 256pp.)

Publication Date: August 28, 2012

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Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, a mesmerizing new novel from the award-winning author of "The Secret Scripture"

A first-person narrative of Lilly Bere's life, "On Canaan's Side" opens as the eighty-five-year-old Irish EmigrE mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill. Lilly, the daughter of a Dublin policeman, revisits her eventful past, going back to the moment she was forced to flee Ireland at the end of the First World War. She continues her tale in America, where--far from her family--she first tastes the sweetness of love and the bitterness of betrayal.
Spanning nearly seven decades, Sebastian Barry's extraordinary fifth novel explores memory, war, family ties, love, and loss, distilling the complexity and beauty of life into his haunting prose.




About the Author
Sebastian Barry s plays have been produced in London, Dublin, Sydney, and New York. His novel A Long, Long Way was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, as was The Secret Scripture, which was also a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist and winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award and the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction, as well as the Irish Novel of the Year. Barry lives in Wicklow, Ireland, with his wife and three children.
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