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The Companion

(2007)
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In this subversive comic extravaganza, Dublin-born film-school dropout Trevor finds himself washed up in New York where he answers an ad to work as a companion to Ed, a wheelchair-bound teenager with muscular dystrophy. Ed's family is very wealthy and very dysfunctional. Ed's father, a guilt-ridden judge, rarely emerges from his dusty study. Ed's morbidly obese, sexually perverse mother retired to her bed after a skiing incident ten years ago. They may live in the same luxurious apartment, but Ed and his parents barely interact. A bizarre yet touching friendship develops between Trevor and Ed - both men are equally in need of someone who can show them umderstanding and compassion.

As the boisterous narrative increasingly focuses its attention on Trevor's past and the mysterious stirrings of his psyche, Lorcan Roche's The Companion becomes a darkly humorous tale of obsession. An Irish take on One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and A Confederacy of Dunces, The Companion's electrifying style, shocking finale, and its moving tale of friendship under duress all make for an immensely rewarding read.



Praise for this book

"Lorcan Roche is a fresh and vivid voice in new Irish fiction. I love the energy of his writing and its passionate engagement with the world. He is a gifted and clever storyteller." - Joseph O'Connor


Used availability for Lorcan Roche's The Companion

Paperback Editions

June 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Companion
Author(s): Lorcan Roche
ISBN: 1-933372-84-2 / 978-1-933372-84-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Europa Editions
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July 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Companion
Author(s): Lorcan Roche
ISBN: 1-84351-088-X / 978-1-84351-088-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Lilliput Press Ltd
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Kindle Editions

January 2007 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Companion
Author(s): Lorcan Roche
Publisher: The Lilliput Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU