It’s Saint Patrick’s Day! The celebration started in the 17th century and honors the patron saint of Ireland. In modern times, it’s grown into a day of green clothing everywhere you go, copious amounts of beer, and parades. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in true bookstore style, here’s a collection of Irish authors!
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
This psychological thriller is set in a small town in Ireland and follows the story of a nurse as she cares for an eleven-year-old girl who has survived for months without eating. With the same compelling tension that made Room a bestseller, The Wonder is an intriguing and often-times uncomfortable look into how strangers can change each other’s lives.
The Trespasser by Tana French
This bestselling Irish author is back with another mystery that’ll keep you guessing. The 6th in French’s Dublin Murder Squad Series, The Trespasser follows Detective Antoinette Conway and her partner Stephen Moran as they try to solve a quarreling-lovers-turned-murder case. But the case is more twisted than it appears.
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
Sebastian Barry is a two-time Man Booker Prize finalist. His newest book follows a young Irishman as he escapes the Great Famine for the United States. Upon enlisting in the army, he fights in the American Indian and Civil Wars.
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell & Patrick Benson
When three baby owls wake up one night to find that their mother is gone they have to wait for her return. With beautiful, soft illustrations, this is a lovely children’s book.
Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume
A story of misfits, Sara Baume captures her reader’s imagination with vivid writing to tell the tale of Ray, a fifty-seven-year-old misfit and One Eye, his dog. This engrossing, sad, and dark book tackles loneliness and the tole it takes.
The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien
This engrossing and shocking novel tells the story of a war criminal posing as a healer in a small Irish town. The town falls under his charming spell and one local in particular falls for the stranger. When the stranger is arrested as a war criminal, the town must wrestle with their misconceptions and what it means to let a stranger into their midst.