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Colum McCann

Ireland (b.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.

Genres: Literary Fiction
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February 2024

American Mother
   Songdogs (1995)
   This Side of Brightness (1998)
   Dancer (2002)
   Zoli (2006)
   Let the Great World Spin (2009)
   TransAtlantic (2013)
   Apeirogon (2020)
   Twist (2024)
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Non fiction
   365 Days in Ireland Calendar 2010 (2009)
   Letters to a Young Writer (2017)
   American Mother (2024) (with Diane Foley)
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel nominee (2000) : This Side of Brightness
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book winner (2009) : Let the Great World Spin
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel winner (2011) : Let the Great World Spin
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2013) : TransAtlantic
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Book nominee (2015) : TransAtlantic
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2020) : Apeirogon

Colum McCann recommends
Hard by a Great Forest (2024)
Leo Vardiashvili
"This novel blows open the heart of the past. It's a mystery, it's a picaresque, it's a comedy, and it's an authentic song of belonging and unbelonging. Tender and raw and funny, it's a rattling good read about the loss of home and the primacy of story-telling. By turns political and philosophical, it introduces a fine new voice in contemporary fiction."
Day (2023)
Michael Cunningham
"Day is a novel about the collisions of love within our days. Michael Cunningham crafts a glorious sentence, and at the same time he tells an achingly compelling story that speaks precisely to the times we live in. And it all flows so damn gorgeously that at times you just want to suspend the sacred day itself and hold it close, never let it, or the characters, go."
This Plague of Souls (2023)
Mike McCormack
"With stylistic gusto, and in rare, spare, precise and poetic prose, Mike McCormack gets to the music of what is happening all around us. One of the best novels of the year."
Brooklyn Crime Novel (2023)
Jonathan Lethem
"A blistering book. A love story. Social commentary. History. Protest novel. And mystery joins the whole together: is the crime 'time'? Or the almighty dollar? I got a great laugh from it too. Every city deserves a book like this."
The Suicide Museum (2023)
Ariel Dorfman
"The Suicide Museum is a memoir, a mystery, a tragedy, a philosophical treatise, a song of homecoming, and a spectacular mix of the real and the imagined. In this novel Ariel Dorfman puts his whole literary life on the page--and what a life it has been! For decades Dorfman has written in defiance of the ordinary. He gets to the very pulse of who we are: the social, the political, the artistic, and beyond. Right down to its moment of last-line grace, The Suicide Museum keeps the essential questions alive and, at the same time, joins us all together."
The Truth About Horses (2023)
Christy Cashnman
"This is a heartwarming novel about facing down the perils of adversity. It's also an examination of how and why we become stronger at the broken places. Christy Cashman has written a book for everyone, young and old, who wants to know about the elemental gallop of the heart."

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