IrishCentral’s Book Club pick for September is “Night Boat to Tangier” by Kevin Barry.
Welcome to September’s pick for the IrishCentral Monthly Book Club! Each month we will pick a new Irish book or a great book by an Irish author and celebrate the amazing ability of the Irish to tell a good story.
Throughout September, we'll be reading the new Kevin Barry novel "Night Boat to Tangier."
From the acclaimed author of the international sensations "City of Bohane" and "Beatlebone," its a striking and gorgeous new novel of two aging criminals at the butt ends of their damage-filled careers. A superbly melancholic melody of a novel full of beautiful phrases and terrible men.
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IrishCentral’s September Book of the Month: “Night Boat to Tangier”
Author/Editor: Kevin Barry.
Synopsis: In the dark waiting room of the ferry terminal in the sketchy Spanish port of Algeciras, two aging Irishmen—Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond, longtime partners in the lucrative and dangerous enterprise of smuggling drugs—sit at night, none too patiently.
It is October 23, 2018, and they are expecting Maurice's estranged daughter, Dilly, to either arrive on a boat coming from Tangier or depart on one heading there.
This nocturnal vigil will initiate an extraordinary journey back in time to excavate their shared history of violence, romance, mutual betrayals and serial exiles, rendered with the dark humor and the hardboiled Hibernian lyricism that have made Kevin Barry one of the most striking and admired fiction writers at work today.
About the author: Kevin Barry is the author of the novels “Beatlebone” and “City of Bohane” and the story collections “Dark Lies the Island” and “There Are Little Kingdoms.” His awards include the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize and the Lannan Foundation Literary Award. His stories and essays appear in the New Yorker, Granta and elsewhere. He also works as a playwright and screenwriter, and he lives in County Sligo, Ireland.