The shelves of American libraries are full of Irish narratives. Indeed, the story of America itself is strongly shaped by the Irish. Celebrate today—and every day of the year—with examples of Ireland’s extraordinary literary gifts to readers. Here are but five choices.
A nonessential Jane Eyre; A surprising political/sf thriller that literally keeps you guessing until the last sentence; for public libraries with a demand for Gregory’s novels or other historical fiction; for those trying to improve their cultural literacy; recommended for readers who are experiencing a “crisis of meaning”
Characters are as busy chewing the scenery as the moths are chewing leaves; another plus is Hunt’s vivid, pungent prose and racy dialog; Paretsky’s novels are never dull; recommended for those who enjoy Nancy Martin’s mysteries involving fashion and parties; Torjussen’s debut novel combines tightly wound suspense with an unfolding surprise ending
From astute coming-of-age titles to high-profile pop fiction to books heard ’round the world, these will be the most talked-about debuts of the spring season.
Books are selected for this list based on strong reviews, media buzz, overall industry interest, and personal reading. Though a few date back to February, most are publishing from March onward, with some key July titles featured.