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The Fields (2013)

by Kevin Maher(Favorite Author)
3.44 of 5 Votes: 3
0316223565 (ISBN13: 9780316223560)
Reagan Arthur Books
review 1: I had mixed feelings about this book. The characters were beautifully drawn, particularly those of Jim, his sister, Fiona, and his parents. It was a very engaging read, like a cross between Frank McCourt and Roddy Doyle. It was odd though, with its strange, mystical, other-worldly passages. The book raised serious issues - child abuse, teenage pregnancy, depression - but they were dealt with glibly. I'd hesitate to recommend this to someone unless I knew them well. Not for everyone.
review 2: Very engaging writer and well-told story. Really good sense of what it was like living in a blue collar neighborhood in Dublin in the '80s and the stresses of growing up there. Wonderful family dynamics and characters. A little slow-starting but it all proves necessary as
... morethe plot develops and he does a nice job of bringing things full circle at the ending. Recommend this and will look forward to more from this author. less
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