My dad currently in Ireland to visit the birthplace of his relatives. Helping him plan his trip has put me in quite the Irish reading mood. Here are a few of my favorites, plus a few that are in my TBR pile.
- The Star of the Sea by Joseph O’Connor: An incredible story about Irish immigrants to the United States and their struggles with the potato famine.
- The Dubliners by James Joyce: No Irish list would be complete without James Joyce, it has to be done. Some of his work is impenetrable (like this book that a book club spent 18 years reading) but The Dubliners is relatively accessible and actually a lot of fun to read.
- The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker : This little-known work of the Dracula author is actually my favorite. It features all the elements of a good ghost story— intrigue, love, mummies, Egyptian artifacts. Make sure you get an edition with the original ending — it’s far spookier than the rewritten version!
- A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift: Easy enough to read in an afternoon but funny enough to have you chortling for days, A Modest Proposal is an accessible version of Swift’s humor. I come back to it time and again for its incredible ability to argue something….strange.
- City of Bohane by Kevin Barry: A dystopian book set in Ireland? Sign me up! This jumped to the top of my TBR pile for this description alone: “Kevin Barry’s City of Bohane combines Celtic myth and a Caribbean beat, fado and film, graphic-novel cool and all the ripe inheritance of Irish literature to create something hilarious, beautiful, and startlingly new.”
- P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern: The book that inspired that brilliant movie with Gerard Butler — you know you want to read it!