By Kevin Barry
A searing, surreal novel that bleeds fable and reality--and Beatles fandom--from one in every of literature's so much outstanding modern voices, writer of the foreign sensation City of Bohane.
it's 1978, and John Lennon has escaped long island urban to aim to discover the island off the west coast of eire he acquired 9 years past. forsaking domesticity, his forthcoming forties, his lack of ability to create, and his thoughts of his mom and dad, he units off to discover calm within the cozy silence of isolation. but if he places himself within the arms of a shape-shifting motive force choked with Irish appeal and darkish whimsy, what ensues can in simple terms be termed a paranormal secret tour.
Beatlebone is a tour de force of language and literary mind's eye that marries the main unbelievable aspect to the main awesome impression.
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