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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453838848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453838846
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,992,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mary Pat Hyland studied art and music at Syracuse University where she earned a BFA Illustration. She worked as a graphic artist/designer/art director for many years before a layoff forced her into a new field of work: journalism. She spent 15 years in the field, including several years as a syndicated web site columnist for Gannett News Service -her columns were carried in more than 90 newspapers across the U.S. and Canada (including USA Today). In late 2007, Hyland left journalism to pursue a dream she'd had for more than 20 years: novelist. A month later, the novel she'd been working on for more than a decade was published. This is the author's third novel. Her other works are "The Cyber Miracles" (2008) and its sequel, "A Sudden Gift of Fate" (2009). Hyland resides in upstate New York. Her interests include Gaeilge-the Irish language, music, dance, gardening, Finger Lakes wines and cooking.

More About the Author

I spent my youth daydreaming. There was no Internet, no facebook, and no digital distractions from exploring my imagination. There were many books, though, and the occasional MAD magazine smuggled into my school desk. I became fascinated with Greek and Roman mythology. When my brother finished a sci-fi paperback, I'd devour it. But then around the time my grandfather died and we had some awkward exchanges with his light-fingered housekeeper, I discovered Eudora Welty's book The Optimist's Daughter. Reading it I realized that stories did not have to focus on fantastical worlds. Everyday reality among simple people could be just as riveting. Works by women writers such as Flannery O'Connor, Anne Tyler and Maeve Binchy were soon filling the bookcase.

Some families grow up playing sports together. In our Irish-American household, we exercised through wordplay. At dinner we'd lob puns across the table like spinning Ping-Pong balls. My great-aunt was a seanchaí (storyteller) who wove jokes so wonderfully before her rapt audience that you enjoyed the journey to the punch line as much as the arrival. Another great-aunt spoke in Celtic triads, though she didn't realize the ancient genetic roots of her wisdom.

A deep shyness that developed in my teens aided my development as a writer. It forced me to watch others and pay attention to the cadence of their conversations. My natural curiosity magnified these skills.

I ran away to Toronto once to write the Great American Novel. Lasted there but a week. (It was, after all, November.) But I returned to the writer's pursuit fully in 2008 after saying farewell to careers of journalism and commercial art. Six novels later, I know that this is what those daydreams were for.

I hope you enjoy my tales, set in upstate New York with a few stray visits to Ireland and even Central America. The Irish language is filled with wonderful proverbs, and here is one as a caveat: "An té a thabharfas scéal chugat tabharfaidh sé dhá scéal uait." (Whoever will bring a story to you will take two stories from you.)

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I highly recommend it for a good laugh and a well-written read!
Bookish Witch
As usual, Hyland's mastery of believable conversations and endearing characters make it very hard to put the book down.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and although I don't like to read a book more then once I would read this one again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. H. Groody on February 21, 2011
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I am not a normal reader of fiction as my tastes run to Non Fiction, But as one who has studied and played 'The Traditional Irish Music of Ireland (EIRE)' for numerous years and plays The Irish Traditional Music in countless Irish Pubs on '3/17', St.Patrick's Day , I was 'Intrigued' by the Title of this excellent book ,'3/17'. As anyone with an ounce of 'Irishness' is aware ; March 17 is St. Patrick's Day or as I fondly call it 'PADDY'S DAY'. The dichotomy of how '3/17' is celebrated in Ireland (Eire)as more of a Holy Day Honoring St. Patrick ,the Patron Saint of Ireland is vastly different than the chaos and drunken madness of the ones who pass themselves off as 'pseudo-Irish on '3/17' in America.I 'fondly' (?) refer to '3/17' as "Amateur Day and a Night of Drunken Debauchery" full of Gobshites, Eejits and Amadans.
As an Irish Traditional Musician ,who on many 'Paddy's Day' has witnessed the 'Madness' of what '3/17' has become in the U.S., The Irish Trad.Musician is hired to 'create an authentic Irish Traditional Music Atmosphere' finds himself in battle with " The Nine Hellish Circles of American Irish revelry".
"In this modern version of Dante's Inferno", four young Trad. Musicians from Eire, in a valorous attempt at finding their way, driving from Boston to upstate New York for a 'Boonies' '3/17' Gig, find themselves waylaid in a blinding snowstorm by a " Black Galloping Glowing-Eyed Puca. Their misadventure just begins. In their horror that follows their 'Banjaxed' vehicle, what happens to The Band that descends into a hellish experience unknown or imagined by most True Denizens of EIRE.Only in American can '3/17' Exist!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BigAl on March 27, 2011
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Murphy was Irish. It seems fitting that his law would apply so well to the characters of "3/17." In what is described as a "loose parody of Dante's Inferno," Irish Trad Band Slí na Fírinne (which means "path of truth") go on their first American tour in upstate New York. Before reaching their first gig they slide off the road in a snowstorm - an accident that might have been prevented if they had paid attention to their seemingly possessed GPS. From there, it only gets worse.

What follows is a nightmare that gets progressively worse. Missed gigs, cultural clashes - especially with those who think they understand Irish culture, and plenty of gigs from hell (none of which were those originally booked). Although almost anyone capable of laughing at Murphy gone amok should enjoy "3/17," it should especially ring true for musicians, or anyone who has observed artistic types trying to put food on the table.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog.**
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C.C. Ostrander on June 23, 2011
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To anyone who's ever wondered why on earth "Danny Boy" is the only Irish song ever sung; anyone who has ever wondered what ringletted wigs have to do with "traditional" step-dancing; and anyone who has ever given up wondering what leprechauns, all-you-can-eat buffets of corned beef and cabbage, tanker-trucks filled with green beer and all the other flamboyant displays of "Irishry" Americans put up has to do with St. Patrick himself -- THIS IS YOUR BOOK!!!

The story of four traditional musicians from Ireland who get stranded in the backwoods of upstate New York and wind up on a wild Dante's "Inferno"-type journey through America's version of St. Patrick's Day revelry, this book has everything you could ever want -- from dance parties to donnybrooks ("fights"), from druid magic to green-clad, shamrock-bobbing mayhem, from romance to zombies. The characters are wonderful, the writing is masterful, and the craic is mighty!

So, sláinte, and enjoy!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bookish Witch on February 27, 2013
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I absolutely devoured this book. The voice is so entertaining -- very Irish, and very real. I loved the smattering of the Irish language throughout, plus of course the hilarity of making fun of the way Americans celebrate St Patrick's Day. I highly recommend it for a good laugh and a well-written read!
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