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City of Bohane

A Novel
Author 1
Kevin Barry
Thirty or so years in the future. The once-great city of Bohane on the west coast of Ireland is on its knees, infested by vice and split along tribal lines. There are the posh parts of town, but it is in the slums and backstreets of Smoketown, the tower blocks of the North Rises, and the eerie bogs of the Big Nothin’ that the city really lives. For years it has all been under the control of Logan Hartnett, the dapper godfather of the Hartnett Fancy gang. But there’s trouble in the air. They say Hartnett’s old nemesis is back in town; his trusted henchmen are getting ambitious; and his missus wants him to give it all up and go straight.

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A blazingly original, wildly stylish, and pulpy debut novel

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Kevin  Barry
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Kevin Barry is the author of Dark Lies the Island,City of Bohane, which received the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the story collection There Are Little Kingdoms. He has won  the Sunday Times Short Story Award, the European Union Prize for Literature, and the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award, and was short-listed for the Costa First Novel Award and the Frank O’Connor International Story Award. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker and Tin House, among other places. He lives in County Sligo, Ireland.
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  • City of Bohane, the extraordinary first novel by the Irish writer Kevin Barry, is full of marvels.”—Pete Hamill, The New York Times Book Review (front page)
  • “Barry’s first novel is a grizzled piece of futuristic Irish noir with strong ties to the classic gang epics of yore. . . . Virtuosic.”The New Yorker

  • “Though he spins a great tale, the most important facet of City of Bohane isn’t its plot. What really matters . . . is Barry’s lively, original and charismatic voice.”San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Barry’s masterful control of story would suffice to make Bohane a page-turner, but his writing is what astonishes. . . . [City of Bohane] ultimately defies comparison.”Baltimore City Paper

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