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The Fields

A Novel

By Kevin Thomas Maher

A warm and funny debut about a young man in trouble and a family in love and in pieces.
It's the first summer of lust for 14-year-old Jim Finnegan, a boy trying to become a man in 1980s Dublin. Jim's vivid and winning voice leaps off the page and into the reader's heart as he watches his parents argue, his five older sisters fight, and the local network of mothers gossip. Jim hilariously recounts his life dealing with the politics of his boisterous family, taking breakneck bike rides with his best friend, dancing to Foreigner on his boombox, and quietly coveting the local girls from afar.

Over the summer, Jim wins the attention of a beautiful older girl-but he also becomes the unwilling target of a devious religious figure in the community. His life starts to unravel as he faces consequences from both his love for his girlfriend and his attempts to avoid the Parish Priest. When he and his girlfriend take a ferry for a clandestine trip to London, the dark and difficult repercussions from the trip force Jim to look for the solution to all his problems in some very unusual places.

THE FIELDS is an unforgettable story of an extraordinary character. It's a portrait of a boy who sinks into troubles as he grows into a man, and the loving but fractured family that might be his downfall-or his salvation. Lyrical, funny, and endlessly inventive, it is a brilliant debut from a remarkable new voice.




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Format: Book
Author: Maher, Kevin Thomas
Title: The Fields : a novel / Kevin Maher.
Publisher Date: New York : Reagan Arthur Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2013.
Subject: Teenage boys -- Ireland -- Fiction. Families -- Ireland -- Fiction Dublin (Ireland) -- Fiction
Isbn: 9780316223560 0316223565
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 1
Call Number: F Maher
Oclc: 844372888
Bib Id: 442561

Format: Book
Author: Maher, Kevin Thomas.
Title: The Fields : a novel / Kevin Maher.
Edition: First United States edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Reagan Arthur Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2013.
Description: 390 pages ; 25 cm
Subjects: Teenage boys -- Ireland -- Fiction.
Subjects: Families -- Ireland -- Fiction
Subjects: Dublin (Ireland) -- Fiction
LCCN: 2013016953
ISBN: 9780316223560
ISBN: 0316223565
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: F Maher