By Patrick McCabe
(Bloomsbury USA, Hardcover, 9781596911635, 240pp.)
Publication Date: January 23, 2007
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Once, Redmond Hatch was in heaven, married to the lovely Catherine and father to enchanting daughter Immy. But then he took them both to Winterwood. And it would never be the same again…
In Patrick McCabe's spellbinding new novel, nothing--and no one--are ever quite what they seem. When Hatch, devoted husband and father, revisits the secluded mountains where he grew up, he meets Auld Pappie Ned. While he claims to be just a harmless local fiddler, a teller of tall tales, Ned sets off a cataclysmic chain of events in Redmond's life. From the mysterious disappearance of Redmond's daughter to the reluctant remembrance of a troubled boyhood to secret glimpses into an unstable marriage, everything soon spirals out of control. Narrated with hypnotic precision and fractured lyricism, Winterwood is a disturbing and unforgettable tale of love, death and identity from a masterful novelist.
Patrick McCabe was born in Ireland in 1955. His novels include The Butcher Boy, winner of the Irish Times/Aer Lingus Literature Prize, which was shortlisted for the 1992 Booker Prize and made into a highly acclaimed film directed by Neil Jordan, and Breakfast On Pluto, published in 1998, also on the Booker Prize shortlist. He lives in Sligo with his wife and two daughters.
"[McCabe is] one of the most brilliant writers ever to come out of Ireland."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"McCabe is the lodestone of new Irish fiction, a writer capable of integrating the history and traditions of his country and its literature with the mad whirl of politics and pop culture."--Wall Street Journal
"One of Ireland's finest living writers."--New York Times Book Review
"[McCabe] is the fortunate possessor of a savage and unfettered imagination; his books…dissect life's miseries with a gleaming comedic scalpel."--London Times