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Colum McCann

Ireland (1965 - )

Colum McCann is an Irish-born writer of literary fiction, whose novels include This Side of Brightness, Dancer, and Zoli. McCann teaches creative writing at Hunter College, part of the City University of New York.

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The Parts
The Parts (2003)
Keith Ridgway
"A truly ambitious, telescopic Irish novel just at the time when such ambitions seemed kidnapped. Funny. Gorgeous. Tender. Angry. Absurd. Tough. And beautifully written."
Tenderwire (2006)
Claire Kilroy
"There is a fine balancing act going on here - Claire Kilroy walks the literary highwire. This is a marvelous novel - pacy, precise, lyrical, endearing and unpretentious."
Away (2007)
Amy Bloom
"I haven't read a novel in a long time that I genuinely wanted to get back to, just to sit down and read for the pure joy of it. Away is a book full of tender wisdom, brawling insight, sharp-edged humor and - if it's possible - a lovely, wayward precision. Amy Bloom has created an unforgettable cast of characters. Lillian, the heroine, or anti-heroine, somehow always manages to do what great journeys always do - continue. A marvelous book."
Leaving the World
Leaving the World (2009)
Douglas Kennedy
Lies My Mother Never Told Me
Lies My Mother Never Told Me (2009)
Kaylie Jones
"Unadorned, poignant, and honest to the core. Kaylie Jones's memoir is a high, emerging from the shadows of a writing life."

The Tiger's Wife (2011)
Téa Obreht
"Téa Obreht is the most thrilling literary discovery in years."

Solace (2011)
Belinda McKeon
"An elegant, consuming and richly inspired novel. A superb debut. This one will last."

Boundaries (2011)
Elizabeth Nunez
"Elizabeth Nunez is one of the finest and most necessary voices in contemporary American and Caribbean fiction."

The Gamal (2013)
Ciarán Collins
"Astonishing, Inventive, Playful, Unique. A novel to savour. "

Southern Cross the Dog (2013)
Bill Cheng
"An incredibly daring and powerful debut. Not only does Bill Cheng set the language on fire...he creates a whole new territory of storytelling."

The Suicide of Claire Bishop (2015)
Carmiel Banasky
"Daring, precise, and linguistically acrobatic, this novel brings a history of America alive, from the war protests in the sixties to turn-of-the21st-century art theft. A fearless portrayal of madness and its consequences...This is a new writer to savor, reminiscent of Nicole Krauss, Michael Chabon and Andrew Sean Greer."

Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist (2016)
Sunil Yapa
"A raw and rare talent, Yapa strides forward with a literary Molotov cocktail to light up the dark."

The Painted Ocean (2016)
Gabriel Packard
"A major new literary talent... a fearless tour de force."

We Love You, Charlie Freeman (2016)
Kaitlyn Greenidge
"This is a story about family, about language, about history and its profound echoes."

A Line Made By Walking (2017)
Sara Baume
"When I finished Sara Baume's new novel I immediately felt sad that I could not send it in the post to the late John Berger. He, too, would have loved it and found great joy in its honesty, its agility, its beauty, its invention. "

Reservoir 13 (2017)
Jon McGregor
"Jon McGregor is a writer who will make a significant stamp on world literature. In fact, he already has."

Shadow Man (2017)
Alan Drew
"Shadow Man revises the old detective story and turns it in several fascinating directions. Alan Drew writes with precision, subtlety, and a streak of suspense that does not often color the literary novel. "

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