"In Edward J. Delaney's South Boston little is lost, nothing forgotten. Old sins, old wounds haunt his characters, young and old, and reverberate throughout his wonderfully complicated plot.Broken Irishis an enthralling, satisfying novel."Margot Livesey
"An entire community is on the brink. Hope is the only hope. And faith cannot scrub the grime off its hands. WithBroken Irish, Edward J. Delaney delivers a gripping epic."Adam Braver
Broken Irishis a passionately written novel about revenge, redemption, and alcoholism. It's a story driven by character, community, and coincidence set in south Boston in the late 1990s, a time when even the local parish church is party to a scandal about to unravel. With tight control and a powerful narrative drive, Edward J. Delaney'sBroken Irishoffers a vantage point from which to view the sad workings of an entire deteriorating society. The author tells his moving story in short chapters that are filled with incident and drivejump cuts that can compete with any cleverly written HBO weekly series.
Edward J. Delaney is the winner of a 2008 Literary Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the 2005 L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award for fiction, and a past winner of the O.Henry Prize for short story writing. His work has been included inBest American Short Stories(edited by Jane Smiley) and he has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award. He has published short stories and essays inThe Atlantic. In addition to a novel,Warp and Weft, andThe Drowning and Other Stories, Delaney co-authoredBorn to Playby Boston Red Sox second baseman and 2008 American League Most Valuable Player Dustin Pedroia.