Search Results: "Colum McCann"


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TRANSATLANTIC by Colum McCann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2013

"A beautifully written novel, an experience to savor."
A masterful and profoundly moving novel that employs exquisite language to explore the limits of language and the tricks of memory. Read full book review >

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THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING by Colum McCann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"The author's first collection of shorter fiction in more than a decade underscores his reputation as a contemporary master."
A superbly crafted and deeply moving collection of fiction, with a provocative back story. Read full book review >

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LETTERS TO A YOUNG WRITER by Colum McCann
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 4, 2017

"Pithy, wise, and gently encouraging advice from an acclaimed fiction writer."
A demonstration of how precision, care, and hard work are the writer's crucial tools. Read full book review >

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DANCER by Colum McCann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2003

"Balletomanes will love it, but the focus may seem obsessive to anyone who doesn't know who Margot Fonteyn is."
A fictionalized biography of Rudolf Nureyev (1938-93), chronicled in an understated, intimate narrative from the celebrated dancer's childhood to the height (and excesses) of his fame. Read full book review >

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FISHING THE SLOE-BLACK RIVER by Colum McCann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"A powerful, memorable collection with arresting images, unique characters—and voices that linger."
A bittersweet collection of 12 taut, beautifully written stories about both the modern Irish who have scattered and those still clinging to their homeland, by the author of the well-received novel Songdogs (1995). Read full book review >

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THIS SIDE OF BRIGHTNESS by Colum McCann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 1998

An ambitious, idiosyncratic, moving saga of immigrant life by Irish expatriate McCann (stories: Fishing the Sloe-black River, 1996; Songdogs, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2000

"These emotionally charged, beautifully controlled tales can only enhance McCann's already considerable reputation."
More exquisite and wrenching storytelling from Manhattan-based Irish author McCann (This Side of Brightness, 1998, etc.), who packs more passion and heartbreak into these two stories and novella, about the Troubles and children coping with hard times, than most writers can generate in books three times the length. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF MEN by Colum McCann
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A mixed bag. Each piece is intended to respond to 'an essential question: What is a man?' but the answers remain elusive."
A collection of 80 pieces on the essence and challenges of manhood that almost reads like a literary parody of self-help books. Read full book review >

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ZOLI by Colum McCann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2007

"Mesmerizing."
McCann traces the trajectory of a Gypsy poet's exile. Read full book review >

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SONGDOGS by Colum McCann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 1995

"Ably written in its particulars yet loose-leafed in the assembly: a work of promise having parts far greater than the whole."
Dublin-born New Yorker McCann, already winner of several Irish literary prizes, weighs in with a moody, sharply imaged, but ultimately inconclusive debut about a young man coping with a long- absent mother and an ailing, crotchety father. Read full book review >

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LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN by Colum McCann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2009

"Unfocused and overlong, though written with verve, empathy and stylistic mastery."
The famous 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers is a central motif in this unwieldy paean to the adopted city of Dublin-born McCann (Zoli, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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AS MEAT LOVES SALT by Maria McCann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"A genre-transcending, irreplaceable work: historical fiction at its very best."
It's hard to believe that this accomplished and potent historical tale is a first novel—a sentiment repeatedly echoed by the rapturous reviews that greeted its initial publication in England in 2001. Read full book review >