W&N Fiction HB / ETPB February £12.99 304pp 978 1 4746 0585 4 / 978 1 4746 0586 1 eBook: £12.99 / 978 1 4746 0588 5 Audio: £19.99 / 978 1 4091 7134 8 / 10 hrs
‘A wonderful debut by a talented, intelligent writer who knows how to make you think and make you feel and make you laugh’ – David Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl
DAN SHEEHAN Restless Souls
For fans of Kevin barry, Roddy Doyle and anne Enright, a stunning literary debut exploring male friendship, the power of memory and what it means to come home.
After three years embedded in the siege in Sarajevo, war correspondent Tom returns to Dublin a haunted shell of his former self. His childhood friends Karl and Baz know they’re laughably unqualified to help him but are determined to see him through the darkness. Together they embark on a journey for an unlikely cure to an experimental Californian clinic called Restless Souls. But as they try to save Tom from his memories, they must confront their own – of what happened to their childhood friend, Gabriel. In doing so they must ask how their raucously funny teenage souls became weighed down – and why life got so damn complicated and sad.
‘a hilariously shambolic road trip, a moving, freaked out, at times bruisingly mordant examination of the purgatorial agonies of PTsD, and above all a bawdy, alive, profane panegyric to the indissoluble bonds of friendship’ Colin barrett
‘at turns comedic, at turns literary, at turns thriller, at turns philosophical, it never stops being a page-turner . . . a great debut’ Colum McCann
Dan sheehan received his MFA from University College Dublin. His writing has appeared in the Irish Times, the Irish Independent, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Guernica, TriQuarterly, Words Without Borders, BOMB and Electric Literature among others. He currently works as an editor at Literary Hub and lives with his wife Téa Obreht in New York.
Location: New York, USA dan-sheehan.net T: @danpjsheehan
W&N Fiction • February 2018