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My Father in the Night Mass Market Paperback – May 23, 1992


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From Publishers Weekly

As a raw young recruit in the Irish Republican Brotherhood, Michael "MJ" Pearse guarded a kidnapped elderly prisoner and fingered the man's son, whom IRB terrorists then murdered. Now, some 45 years later, MJ carries massive guilt from that incident, a guilt that distorts his relationships with his kin in San Francisco of the late 1950s, where most of this rich, engrossing novel is set. Concealing his own political past, MJ openly disapproves of his son Joe, a lawyer who supports the IRA. And angry, impatient, argumentative Joe showers bombastic criticism on his own son, 11-year-old Patrick, who hangs out with black-clad beatniks and resists paternal efforts to mold him into "a good Catholic." Wives play rather shadowy roles in this story, moderating their spouses' obduracy. Still, Clarke ( The Day Nothing Happened ) has fashioned a probing, amazingly vivid portrait of an Irish-American family seething with emotional, political and intergenerational conflict.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This coming-of-age tale, set in San Francisco in the 1950s, is the second novel by the author of The Day Nothing Happened ( LJ 8/88). The narrative follows 11-year-old Patrick Pearse as he swings emotionally between the comforting rituals of Catholicism and the anarchic appeal of the city's beatnik culture. Complicating this internal struggle is the tug-of-war between the two people most important in his life. His grandfather, trying to assuage guilt about his criminal life with the Irish Republican Brotherhood decades earlier, condemns his father's support of the modern IRA. Clarke has blended these elements into an engaging narrative with appealing characters and contemporary relevance. Recommended for all serious fiction collections.
- A.J. Wright, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (May 23, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034537567X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345375674
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,578,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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