Travels in Irish America
A brilliantly funny exploration of Irish America from the awward-winning writer of Star of the Sea and Redemption Falls
Joseph O'Connor's love affair with all things American led to an extraordinary tour of the United States to visit the nine different towns called Dublin, as well as some of the great cities and tiny hamlets in between. Begining in Boston, he visits the Dublins of New Hampshire, Pennysylvannia, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia and Texas, Las Vegas and California - to name a few. Interpersed with his travels are vivid accounts of the Irish immigrant experience and a rich exploration of the intertwined roots of American music, from Irish ballads to jazz, country, blues and gospel.
Sweet Liberty is a hilarious, poignant and unforgettable coast-to-coast tour which celebrates the breathtaking diversity of the Irish influence on America - and discovers along the way a town called Dublin that does not have one single pub within its limits...
“A fabulously droll, unsentimental, and craic-laden report on the haunts of the Gael taking in a wide range of political and historical references along its way. Many of the people the authors meets are so doggedly Irish they make him feel like an Englishman at a Sinn Fein rally, which gives the book a fascinating air of being a report from a doubly foreign land”
“He has written a book full of laughs and smiles, skillfully basted with well-brewed blarney”
New York Times
“O'Connor holds up a mirror to the America that we see but don't often notice”
San Francisco Chronicle
“O'Connor is an equal-opportunity skewerer of Americans and Irish Americans and is at his best when flourishing the inimitable self-lacerating wit of his own kind”
“One is reminded of vintage Bill Bryson...O'Connor is an engaging fellow, an affable kind of chap who could make a cross-continent Greyhound bus ride pass in a jiffy”
“The laureate of the rising Irish generation, he combines that demotic wit of Roddy Doyle, the social concern of Dermot Bolger and the structural guile of Colm Toibin. A signficant writer of a very contemporary kind.”