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The Fields

A Novel

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Jul 8, 2014

Page Count

416 Pages

ISBN-13

9780316223553

Description

A warm and funny debut novel about a young man in trouble and a family in love and in pieces.

It’s the first summer of lust for 14-year-old Jim Finnegan, a boy trying to become a man in 1980s Dublin. Jim’s vivid and winning voice leaps off the page and into the reader’s heart as he watches his parents argue, his five older sisters fight, and the local network of mothers gossip. Jim hilariously recounts his life dealing with the politics of his boisterous family, taking breakneck bike rides with his best friend, dancing to Foreigner on his boombox, and quietly coveting the local girls from afar.

Over the summer, Jim wins the attention of a beautiful older girl, but he also becomes the unwilling target of a devious religious figure in the community. His life starts to unravel as he faces consequences from both his love for his girlfriend and his attempts to avoid the Parish Priest. When he and his girlfriend take a ferry for a clandestine trip to London, the dark and difficult repercussions from the trip force Jim to look for the solution to all his problems in some very unusual places.

The Fields is an unforgettable story of an extraordinary character. It’s a portrait of a boy who sinks into troubles as he grows into a man, and the loving but fractured family that might be his downfall — or his salvation. Lyrical, funny, and endlessly inventive, it is a brilliant debut from a remarkable new voice.

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Praise

"A joy to read: fresh, funny, moving, and always unexpected."
--- Kate Atkinson, author of Life After Life and Case Histories
It's not often, reading a first novel, that you can settle back with a happy sigh, confident that you're in safe hands...Fresh, beguiling, and laugh-out-loud funny on every page, this must be the most enjoyable Irish novel since Skippy Dies."—The Guardian
"Magic and weirdly moving."—The Times (London)
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