On Canaan’s Side
- Publisher: Penguin
- ISBN-13: 9780571273638
- Pages: 272
- Binding: Paperback
- Year of Pub / Reprint Year: 2011
About The Book
From the bestselling Costa Prize-winning author of The Secret Scripture, On Canaan’s Side is another heartbreaking novel spanning a lifetime.
‘As they used to say in Ireland, the devil only comes into good things.’
Narrated by Lilly Bere, On Canaan’s Side opens as she mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill. The story then goes back to the moment she was forced to flee Sligo, at the end of the First World War, and follows her life through into the new world of America, a world filled with both hope and danger.
At once epic and intimate, Lilly’s narrative unfurls as she tries to make sense of the sorrows and troubles of her life and of the people whose lives she has touched. Spanning nearly seven decades, it is a novel of memory, war, family-ties and love, which once again displays Sebastian Barry’s exquisite prose and gift for storytelling.
About The Author
Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955. His play, The Steward of Christendom, first produced in 1995, won many awards and has been seen around the world. His novel, The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty, appeared in 1998. He lives in Wicklow with his wife and three children. In 2009 he was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction 2009 for The Secret Scripture.