There is never a dull moment in this charming story of a young Irish-American filmmaker who, while doing research in Dublin, encounters an extraordinary young woman. In a delightful "meet cute" scenario, Colin Coyne feels his pocket being picked in a Dublin pub and captures a tousle-haired colleen, Gina Furey, who bluffs her way out of trouble, but not out of his thoughts. Gina turns out to be a Traveler, part of the Irish gypsy underground. She and her family are criminals--pure trailer trash. Colin falls for her, anyway, and soon she is pregnant ("I use Irish birth control," she tells the stunned Colin. "Five Our Fathers and Five Hail Marys"). Colin smuggles her and her four-year-old daughter into the U.S., where his film career is just starting. Using his liaison with Gina as the basis for a screenplay, he is confounded when she turns out to be truly one of the Furies. Baby Shamus is born, cementing their relationship--Colin made a deathbed promise to his mother never to abandon any child he fathers--but Gina's behavior becomes more and more erratic and violent. In several sadly hilarious scenes, Gina's rapacious relatives descend in droves, at Colin's expense, on Colin's American home, pillaging and pickpocketing at will in the community. One sympathizes with Colin's predicament, as real life proves much more difficult than his imagined screenplay, and one even understands Gina, who is beautiful, sexy, intelligent and talented, but enjoys the chaos of her despicable family and life as a criminal. Hamill (3 Quarters and Throwing 7's) has perfectly captured the trill of an Irish brogue, and he loads the plot with remarkable twists, keeping readers in suspense until the final page of this lively, sad, humorous tale. Agent, Esther Newburg. Movie rights to Barry Levinson. (Feb.)
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Twenty-five-year-old film director Colin Coyne goes to Dublin to write a screenplay about his alter ego Kieran, an Irish American from New York who goes to Ireland to find the girl of his dreams. Scripting his film as he lives it, Colin discovers that the line between art and life has been erased by Gina Furey, a gypsy he catches trying to pick his pocket in a crowded pub. Soon he's involved in a passionate but ultimately dangerous affair, with consequences that far exceed anything Colin might have imagined. Hamill, a New York Daily News columnist and author of the thrillers 3 Quarters and Throwing 7's, offers a lot in this engrossing tale--hot sex, a wicked sense of humor, rich local color, witty dialog, a bewitching character in Gina, an unpredictable plot, and a riveting love story that begins with obsession and ends in heartbreak. For all popular fiction collections.
-Ronnie H. Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson
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Just returned from vacation from Ireland. The book came highly recommended from several people returning from Ireland.Published 2 months ago by jim smith
I first read this book ten years ago and thought it was a true tragic love story. I bought to read again and share with friendsPublished on March 20, 2013 by R. Michael Romero
Fork in the Road was honestly one of the best books I've read all year. It was written a decade ago, but the themes are still relevant and the characters are memorable. Read morePublished on November 10, 2012 by Meridith Hernandez
I loved this novel. The plot was so unpredictable - I never would have imagined from the opening chapter how the story unfolds. I liked learning about the travelers in Dublin. Read morePublished on March 18, 2012 by Patricia O'Sullivan
This is an interesting novel. Have only read about 1/2 it yet, but it's unusual and certainly gripping. Funny , too !!!
I found this book to be very entertaining and couldn't put it down, but it is very far from a good piece of literature. Read morePublished on December 5, 2006 by M. Orgil
This novel begins as a light, amusing love story but picks up momentum in the latter half of the novel when reality sets in. Read morePublished on March 26, 2006 by Louis
I picked this up at *gasp* my local $1 store as a quick read for in the car on a trip. The beginning was a bit slow, but once I got past the first chapter or two, I became totally... Read morePublished on January 25, 2006 by K. Clemmensen
Was I even reading the same BOOK as you people? Four-letter words don't bother me. I just found the actual dialogue between characters LAUGH OUT LOUD inplausible. Read morePublished on August 19, 2005 by sirrah231