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No Irish Need Apply [Kindle Edition]

Edward C. Patterson
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Kevin Borden has a secret, and that secret is about to shake the world around him - a tame and suburban world ruled by his widowed mother, Sarah and peppered by his study-mate, Louis. Teenagers sometimes do the darndest things, but in Kevin and Louis' case, it's a stroke of wisdom wrapped in fool's gold. In a time not so long ago, in the days of JIM CROW and NO IRISH NEED APPLY signage, the world made hate clear to those regarded as the fringe. "Stay away." To those who know no better - or perhaps know best, such lines are only meant to be crossed, or why else would they be drawn.

No Irish Need Apply is dedicated to PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), an organization that has guided many youth across that line into the loving arms of those listening to their hearts; those shattering those hateful Jim Crow signs. Come visit with the Bordens and the Lonnegans as they take that journey across the line.

Revised for 2010.

Winner of the Red Adept Annual Indie Award (2010)
Selected as 2009 June Book of the Month by Booz Allen Hamilton's Diversity Reading Group.

Review from Rainbow Reviews:

"No Irish Need Apply by Edward C. Patterson is light homoerotic contemporary romance.

Kevin and Louis may know what prejudice feels like, but otherwise their childhoods are vastly different. Kevin has always gotten along fine at school where as Louis has always been treated with disdain and thought of as gay. They saw each other at school, but never really met until Louis is assigned as Kevin’s study partner. Louis has always known that he is different and he hopes that Kevin is that way too. Kevin has always done what is expected until he meets Louis and begins to have strange feelings for Louis.

As Kevin begins to explore these feelings, they both realize that slogan No Irish Need Apply relates to their situation more than they care for. Neither Louis or Kevin are truly out of the closet about how they feel for one another or their sexuality. Will they find the strength of will to acknowledge their feelings out in the open or will they like many people be doomed to deny their true selves?

Mr. Patterson has created an incredible story by linking it with prejudices that happened earlier in the century. By using this analogy that many understand from their study of history, it allows the reader to see how modern day prejudice effects people in the same manner it did years ago. I think that Kevin and Louis were very brave to stand up for themselves and in doing so they may have helped other young people in their same situation. I find this story very compelling and a must read for anyone who doesn’t understand how bigotry can effect people. I will be looking for other stories by Mr. Patterson."


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Patterson has created an incredible story by linking it with prejudices that happened earlier in the century . . . a must read for anyone who doesn't understand how bigotry can effect people. --Rainbow Reviews

About the Author

Edward C. Patterson has been writing novels, short fiction, poetry and drama his entire life, always seeking the emotional core of any story he tells. With his eighth novel, The Jade Owl, he combines an imaginative touch with his life long devotion to China and its history. He has earned an MA in Chinese History from Brooklyn College with further post graduate work at Columbia University. A native of Brooklyn, NY, he has spent four decades as a soldier in the corporate world gaining insight into the human condition. He won the 1999 New Jersey Minority Achievement Award for his work in corporate diversity. Blending world travel experiences with a passion for story telling, his adventures continue as he works to permeate his reader's souls from an indelible wellspring.

Product Details

  • File Size: 314 KB
  • Print Length: 126 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace; 1 edition (January 5, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0012NOW44
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,100 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Past Revisited May 2, 2008
Format:Kindle Edition
Foregoing a full plot synopsis (see other reviews), I'll focus instead on why this book stands out for me.
As a reader, I am primarily concerned with my connection to the characters. Mr. Patterson's ability to fully flesh out his cast is a truly rare and talented gift. I was immediately taken in by all his characters, at all times believing in and caring about their situations.
The challenge of writing from the perspective of an age you are well past - in this case, two teenagers - is not easily accomplished. Yet Mr. Patterson masterfully engages the reader at a level that borders on deja-vu. Louis' and Kevin's exploits as young, gay men, coming to terms with their sexuality and senses of self worth, took me right back to my own experiences in high school.
Being gay made this 'visit to the past' uniquely poignant, but being an 'outsider' is a universal feeling that all young people share. Anyone who feels singled out, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation, will be able to identify with and benefit from this book. I'll be passing it on to my pre-teen niece, and heartily recommend it to everyone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic Prose with Both Depth and Substance April 26, 2009
Format:Paperback
It's not often these days that you come across writing that possesses both the literary beauty of a classic poem with the depth and substance of a contemporary tale. A story may be gritty and real, with writing that reflects the coarseness of the environment in which the characters live, or you have prose that weaves a magical spell with beautiful turns of phrase, but once you're done reading it leaves you with little to chew on after the fact. But "No Irish Need Apply" by Edward C. Patterson contains both substance and style, a contemporary tale with told with the poetic beauty of the literary classics of the past.

"No Irish Need Apply," a reference to the times when Irish immigrants were discriminated against, blatantly reflected by signs posted outside many establishments letting it be known that if you were Irish, then you shouldn't bother coming inside, is a story of love, a forbidden love in many circles, because it's the love story for two teen boys. For many, the subject may be controversial, even considered a topic as forbidden as the incidents it portrays. But in the hands (or should I say pen?) of Mr. Patterson, the story is told with compassion and grace. The tale of these teens as they come to recognize, and eventually accept, their growing love for one another is one which transcends the stigmas and prejudices surrounding homosexuality. It's a story that lives and breathes, takes you inside the minds of two young men dealing with issues that pretty much every human being should be able to identify with. "No Irish Need Apply" isn't a preachy tale, nor a rant against the establishment that denies same-sex relationships equal protection under the law. It's simply a story about teenage angst and love, and of two people trying to find themselves as they discover each other.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-warming and Heart-breaking in Equal Measure August 20, 2008
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"No Irish Need Apply" is a wonderful book, bittersweet and charmingly told. On one hand it's simply a tale of first love between two young boys (Kevin and Louis) who are only just learning to come to terms with their sexuality in a town full of gossip-mongering and intolerance. And yet, through the use of clever analogy and elegant prose, Mr Patterson manages to convey powerful messages about prejudice and understanding.

All the characters peopling this short novel are well-written and realistically portrayed. The reader gets a sense of the boys' distinct personalities and their differing reactions when faced with similar circumstances. I became especially fond of "Mrs B" whose character probably evolves more than any other throughout the story. Her tender and somewhat humorous relationship with Louis is one of the highlights of the book in my opinion.

The plot moves along at a fast clip and at times packs an unexpected emotional punch. I have to admit there were some moments towards the end of the book when I was reduced to a quivering wreck! My five-star rating speaks for itself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Touching Story January 30, 2011
Format:Paperback
I really wavered between four and five stars for this one. I don't give a lot of five star reviews because I try to reserve those for really outstanding novels, but this one comes very close. Let's say a 4 1/2 stars with me.

The prose is above average, well-above average. At some points it reached the poetic without ever falling into the trap of purple prose. There were a few grammatical errors but nothing egregious.

A number of other reviews have discussed the plot so I won't go into it in great detail. It is the story of two high school boys who are trying to deal with their discovery that they love each other. One already knew he was gay and the other is only making that discovery. They have to deal with trying to stay in the closet, their own feelings, and how their families will react if and when they find out. This is particularly difficult in a religious environment such as Roman Catholic where there is little tolerance for the gay.

I have mixed feelings about the prom and the attack by the jocks and the girl. The fact is that this is probably minimised and would have been much worse. Take one look at the Jamie Nabozny case, for example, which occurred during the same period that this novel is set and you'll see what I mean.

On the other hand, how horribly the gay have been (and all too often still are) treated in schools and elsewhere in our society was only one part of the theme of this novel and perhaps it was better not to put too much emphasis on that aspect. It existed and is acknowledged. What also existed was the love of their mothers and this can and does also happen as well. The author doesn't portray this as easy. The characterizations were very good, one of the strongest parts of this novel.

This is a novel I would recommend. While it is not quite up to some of the classics of gay literature such as Mary Renault's The Charioteer, it is a touching portrayal of coming-of-age and the discovery of gay love.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
NOT AT ALL A GOOD READ DEPRESSING COMING OUT STORY,
Published 11 days ago by maureen halle
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming of age
I enjoyed this gay coming of age novel that includes two young men about to graduate high school when they get together, first as friends and then as lovers. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Susan M. Reaves
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
The language in this story was almost poetry. The story is nothing new (gay teens coming of age) but it is so well told that you will fall in love with them.
Published 10 months ago by Kevin E. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and thought provoking
I read the lowest reviews for this book before downloading, a sometimes time saving habit of late, and determined a few of those readers stumbled into this book without reading the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Brandie Buckwine
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment in Amazon
Amazon showed this book as a related subject matter. I beg to differ. This was a tale of teen homosexual life, and I am disappointed in Amazon's blatant attempt to promote the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Thomas L. Blackledge
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet First Love
This sweet story of first love kept my attention. Highschool boys, Louis and Kevin, are attracted to each other. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Marva Dasef
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful and touching
It's rare that I finish a full-length novel in one sitting, but I did this one. The characters are lifelike, the situations moving, the resolution touching. Read more
Published on December 12, 2011 by Patrick Mcghee
1.0 out of 5 stars Nice concept, poor execution.
Insubstantial characters, erratic plot progression and truly unbelievable, inconsistent behavior on the part of the two main characters. Read more
Published on June 6, 2011 by Suradit
5.0 out of 5 stars Cocooned Excellence
This is a wonderful compassionate tale of two young men coming of age together and the novel way they have of coming out. Read more
Published on December 16, 2010 by Arthur J. Levine
5.0 out of 5 stars NO IRISH NEED APPLY by EDWARD C. PATTERSON
"NO IRISH NEED APPLY" is the fourth book by a masterful Author, Mr. Edward C. Patterson, that I have purchased on Amazon. Read more
Published on September 7, 2010 by J. D. Michael Phelps
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Edward C. Patterson has been writing novels, short fiction, poetry and drama his entire life, always seeking the emotional core of any story he tells. With his eighth novel, The Jade Owl, he combines an imaginative touch with his life long devotion to China and its history. He has earned an MA in Chinese History from Brooklyn College with further postgraduate work at Columbia University. A native of Brooklyn, NY, he has spent five decades as a soldier in the corporate world gaining insight into the human condition. He won the 2000 New Jersey Minority Achievement Award for his work in corporate diversity. Blending world travel experiences with a passion for story telling, his adventures continue as he works to permeate his reader's souls from an indelible wellspring.

His novel No Irish Need Apply was named Book of the Month for June 2009 by Booz Allen Hamilton's Diversity Reading Organization. His Novel The Jade Owl was a finalist for The 2009 Rainbow Awards.

Edward C. Patterson currently has 26 published books and several in the pipeline. He is the proud founder of Operation eBook Drop, a member of Kboards, The Gay & lesbian Writers and Readers Group, and a Veteran - US Army 1966-68. He has guest blogged extensively and has appeared on the Bobby Ozuna - Soul of Humanity Show.

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