The Outside Boy is a wonderful coming-of-age tale set among the Irish Travellers, about a young boy trying to find the truth about his mother and ultimately about himself. I wish everyone I know would buy this book!
Troubles, by J.G. Farrell, is a heavier but still wonderful novel about frustrated love and politics around the time of Irish independence. An English major arrives at a dilapidated hotel to marry one of its inhabitants, but nothing is as he expects. What follows is funny, bittersweet and tragic.
What's your favorite Irish book? What else do I need to read from the Emerald Isle? Don't forget to wear green and have a great St. Patrick's Day.