One can hear Healy's voice as he narrates the story of Joe-Joe and Blackbird and their extended family. This is a novel about community and bonds across generations in Western Ireland. Healy says nothing directly, and communicates the texture of life in Western Ireland without relying on much plot. An authentic and original voice. Recommended.
Having first discovered the narrative of Dermot Healy, and in his work "The Bend for Home", I am delighted to see his name on a new work. Healy is a native son of Ireland, and is also a playwright. In this bittersweet tale of family celebration and loss, his characters could be some of my own ancestors, so real they are!/
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