Contemporary Irish fiction does not get better than Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown Trilogy. His comic novels The Commitments, The Snapper and The Van depict the life and times of the Rabbitte family in working class Dublin. Down on their luck but never out, the Rabbittes adventures (Jimmy, Jr.’s band, Sharon’s out-of-wedlock baby, Jimmy Sr.’s mid-life crisis) resonant with wit and affection. Also on hand are film versions of The Snapper and The Commitments. See our display for more Irish fiction, film, and biography. Not to be missed, Liam Neeson’s reading of How the Irish Saved Civilization (audio cd).
Quotable"No place is as totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest." - Lady Bird Johnson