On Canaan's Side (Hardback)
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On Canaan's Side (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 04/08/2011
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'As they used to say in Ireland, the devil only comes into good things.' Narrated by Lilly Bere, "On Canaan's Side" opens as she mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill. The story then goes back to the moment she was forced to flee Dublin, at the end of the First World War, and follows her life through into the new world of America, a world filled with both hope and danger. At once epic and intimate, Lilly's narrative unfurls as she tries to make sense of the sorrows and troubles of her life and of the people whose lives she has touched. Spanning nearly seven decades, it is a novel of memory, war, family-ties and love, which once again displays Sebastian Barry's exquisite prose and gift for storytelling.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571226535

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I had read The Secret Scripture but, in all honesty, had little recollection of the content. I initially thought this book would be very wordy and ponderous. I was then drawn in to a very moving tale with some... More

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“The Defining Past”

Sebastian Barry certainly knows how to write a beautiful novel. He has a way with language that sweeps you along with his characters, tracing lives full of tragedy and occasional elation.

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I loved The Secret Scripture so was looking forward to reading this, and it didn't disappoint. In different hands (as with The Secret Scripture) some of the plot details would be implausible but for the pleasure... More

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