My Coney Island Baby (Hardback)Billy O'Callaghan (author)
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On a bitterly cold winter's afternoon, Michael and Caitlin escape their unhappy marriages to keep an illicit rendez-vous. Once a month, for the past quarter of a century, Coney Island has been their haven. These precious, hidden hours are their only nourishment. But now, amid the howling of an angry snowstorm, the shut-down, out-of-season resort feels like the edge of the world. And their lives, suddenly, are on the brink - with news of serious illness on one side, and a move to the Midwest on the other. And so, after half a lifetime spent in secret, certain long-avoided facts need to be faced, consequences examined, decisions made, and - perhaps - chances finally taken.
A quiet, intense drama of late-flowering intimacy, My Coney Island Baby condenses, within the course of a single day, the histories, landscapes, tragedies and moments of wonder that constitute the lives of two people who, although born worlds apart, have been drawn together.
O'Callaghan, a masterful prose stylist, has created a devastatingly powerful novel about two unforgettable characters and the choices they have made. This is a book full of sorrow, but also radiant with beauty, longing and breathless desire.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 377 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 26 mm
'Billy O'Callaghan's new novel grips from the opening page. The stride of his sentences is long and powerful, his vision raw. A spectrum of intensities from grief to love is revealed as relationships unfold with an honesty that is utterly believable.' - Bernard MacLaverty
'A poignant, piercing meditation on middle age and the passing of time... these characters will linger with you long after the book is closed.' - Claire Kilroy, The Guardian
'Billy O'Callaghan's work is at once subtle and direct, warm and clear-eyed, and never less than beautifully written. He has a moving ability to express the hopes and fears of "ordinary" people, and he knows intimately the ways of the world. He richly deserves an international reputation. This writer is the real thing.' - John Banville
'A welcome voice to the pantheon of new Irish writing.' - Edna O'Brien
'A tender, slow-burning depiction of love. This is a powerful must-read.' - Jennifer McShane, Image Magazine
'Like a modern-day Lady Chatterley's Lover... There is much to savour in [My Coney Island Baby].' - James Moran, The Tablet, Book of the Week
'Imbued with poignancy and portent... [My Coney Island Baby] is redolent of Bernard MacLaverty's The Bleak Midwinter, with its dissection of a relationship, and the weight, physical and otherwise, of growing old.' - Donal O'Donoghue, RTE Guide
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