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Do you ever want to chuck it all, pack nothing, and disappear? Start a new life where no one knows you? If you did, could you leave your old ways behind? Or would those tired old thoughts and feelings come with you? That's what Chester is trying to do. He's come all the way from America to Ireland, and he's sworn to stop being normal before his 50th birthday-- the week's ...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published March 22nd 2010 by Createspace
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Pete
Apr 07, 2016 Pete rated it it was amazing
Chester feels he’s a failure. He’s a disappointment to his family in America. He drinks too much. His life is mundane, going nowhere. He has repeatedly made the wrong life decisions, and so he escapes to Cork, Ireland, just before his fiftieth birthday and vows to change. On or before midnight of the last day of his forty-ninth year—he will never be “normal” again.

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This novel was a lot of fun. Funny, poignant, deeply introspective, and yet hope filled.

The work may be more accessible if
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Susan Emshwiller
Aug 27, 2013 Susan Emshwiller rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful lyrical book. Moving, funny, and very human. We get to know these characters, their thoughts and hopes and dreams and care about them deeply. Even the little dog! The writing is both clear and poetic, using the rhythm of the words and repetitions to create an almost musical feel. It seems as if the pace of the words is a reflection of a character's state of mind or action.

It isn't a novel that focuses on plot twists or intricate drama, rather, it moves with the calm meanderin
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Michele
Sep 01, 2011 Michele rated it it was amazing
Enchanting peek at the possibilities when one chooses to reinvent oneself without the constraints of "normal" expectations. Each character is lovingly extracted, displayed - broken and disheveled - and beautifully transformed. The pure joy in which Coulson evokes, through the intimate revelations of all the folks in Cork, leaves the reader with a sweet, romantic, uniquely Irish tale of resilience and buoyant optimism. I feel as if I can go and visit all the characters at Shane's Pub tomorrow and ...more
Barbara Stinson
Jul 28, 2010 Barbara Stinson rated it it was amazing
love it, what a wonderful charming book. also rather cool...
about what would happen if you were brave enough to just toss your life in search for laughter and love. this is told in a subtile way but really cuts to the quick. just by delving into the characters, the writer tells a very humane and lovely story.
what more do you want and need from life but dear friends and deep love? absolutely engaging and well written, it is the kind of book that is a breeze to read but the message stay with you f
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Anders Nissen
Jul 26, 2015 Anders Nissen rated it liked it
Good read, and I kinda liked the large cast storytelling, but ultimately felt the story (stories) lacked a bit. I wasn't completely engrossed in the book - but kept reading, since I just spent a couple of weeks in Ireland and liked the local color of the story.
Charlene
Aug 09, 2012 Charlene rated it it was amazing
Quirky & fun.
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Chris Coulson had a lot of jobs before writing his books; golf caddy, bartender, obituary writer and morgue attendant (simultaneously, night shift and day shift - had them coming and going!), newspaper reporter, actor and many other jobs less romantic.
And he always carried a 50-cent Bic pen in his pocket.
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