Epic in its scope but relentlessly compelling in its storytellingnot a common combinationBroken Irish is a splendidly readable and richly textured novel. Edward J. Delaney is an enormously gifted writer.” ROBERT OLEN BUTLER
"In Edward J. Delaney's South Boston little is lost, nothing forgotten. Old sins, old wounds haunt his characters, young and old, and reverberate
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At the end of the day, however, this story has been told in many other books and movies. From the priest who couldn't keep his hands off little boys to the alcoholic writer, to the tycoon who "esc...more
known as "Southie" to most Bostonians. South Boston first came to prominence in the school busing crisis made the news in the mid-Seventies when Judge Garrity ordered busing to achieve racial balance and the Irish residents exploded in anger. Home of Louise Day Hicks and Whitey Bolger, Southie has a well deserved reputation as the last stronghold of the Boston Irish.
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“There is the circus of pans and burners, of smoke and sputter” (25).
“…the receptionist watches him with the wariness of someone who still cannot pinpoint the problem she knows is hanging in the air” (37).
“Jimmy expects that Rafferty only has to interact with the climate’s vicissitudes on a country-club fairway or the deck of a yacht, which is hardly the same” (47).
“…a man shaped like a mountain with the fat foothills of his hips and stomach rising up humped shoulders…” (52).
... secrets do not fully die but, rather, remain embedded more deeply than one can fully comprehend. The inextinguishable flame of memory.