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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Seamus Scanlon launches 'As Close As You'll Ever Be'

Seamus Scanlon
Seamus Scanlon's short story collection As Close As You’ll Ever Be, published by Cairn Press, is launched at the Mysterious Bookshop in New York City this evening September 6th at 6pm.

Seamus is originally from Galway City and was the 2010 Over The Edge New Writer Of The Year. We offer Seamus our heartfelt congratulations.

You can buy the book here

ABOUT THE BOOK: “Blood and memory reign in a collection of stories concerning the social and political aspects of an Irish killer from the 1970s to the present. Rooted in Ireland's history of internal violence, an inescapable brutality that drags like a shadow for natives and exiles alike, the 'war of Ireland' ensues in Seamus Scanlon's short story collection, As Close As You'll Ever Be. From Dublin to New York, Scanlon's stories cover the vicious exploits of boy soldiers and IRA initiations, a son returning home to help his mother, a man mourning the boyhood loss of a cousin, or a childhood memory of first flight and escape. Operating under different circumstances of violence and crime, the characters are propelled in a ruthless conflagration between the binds of heritage and the burden of remembrance. As Close As You'll Ever Be simultaneously evokes the desolation of crime and memory, with the rapid plot and dark humor of hardboiled noir, while remaining aloft and literary in nature. Readers will cringe when a character laughs, laugh when a character shivers in the darkness, all while taken away by Seamus Scanlon's poetic narrative style.”