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I recommend NIGHTHAWK ALLEY, by Anthony Glavin (New Island Books, 1997), with its Hopperesque Cambridgeport setting and a sixty year old narrator who owns a gas station/garage, and having emigrated years before from Ireland, who is now through changing seasons and personal events attempting to fix his sense of place and heart. I believe his vocation as a car mechanic. I love his Irish voice and vocabulary, and his guarded relatedness on the one hand to his troubled employee Fintan as a landsman ...more