Destiny of Dreams



The richness of daily life in rural County Kerry in the 1950’s is evoked in exquisite detail in this first novel by Michael Bowler, himself a native of Cahersiveen. Mr. Bowler captures well the acute sensitivities of his narrator, an adolescent whose failed attempt, at age 10, to run away with tinkers in a horse-drawn caravan does little to staunch his melancholy and his sense of longing for life beyond the emigration-bled village of Cahersiveen.

(Poolbeg/Dufour Editions, Paper, $14.95.)

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