On Colum McCann

I have a thing for Irish writers: Joyce, Jamie O’Neill, Oscar Wilde, Yeats, the list goes on. Add to this the discovery of Colum McCann this year, mostly writing about New York in the books I’ve read, “Let the Great World Spin, This Side of Brightness, and Ireland, “Everything In This Country Must.” Beautifully written books; each sentence elegantly crafted and stuffed with meaning. I’m going to go through his whole list before it’s all said and done, but his is an amazing voice, and while there is some dissent over his latest, the character’s stories, held together by a tightrope walker’s daring crossing between the twin towers of the World Trade Center, are quite moving.


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