Sebastian Barry

discusses

The Temporary Gentleman

This event includes a book signing

Date

May
5
Monday
May 5, 2014
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes bestselling author of The Secret Scripture SEBASTIAN BARRY for a reading of his latest novel, The Temporary Gentleman.

In this highly anticipated new novel, Irishman Jack McNulty is a “temporary gentleman”—an Irishman whose commission in the British army in World War II was never permanent. Sitting in his lodgings in Accra, Ghana, in 1957, he’s writing the story of his life with desperate urgency. He cannot take one step further without examining all the extraordinary events that he has seen. A lifetime of war and world travel—as a soldier in World War II, an engineer, a UN observer—has brought him to this point. But the memory that weighs heaviest on his heart is that of the beautiful Mai Kirwan, and their tempestuous, heartbreaking marriage. Mai was once the great beauty of Sligo, a magnetic yet unstable woman who, after sharing a life with Jack, gradually slipped from his grasp.

“Sebastian Barry's handling of voice and cadence is masterly. His fictional universe is filled with life, quiet truth and exquisite intimacy; it is also fully alert to the power and irony of history. In evoking Lilly Bere, he has created a most memorable character.”—Colm Tóibín, author of the Costa Novel Award-winning Brooklyn

Sebastian Barry
Sebastian Barry

Sebastian Barry

Sebastian Barry has won the Costa Book of the Year Award, the Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year Award and the Walter Scott Prize. His work has been twice short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. He is the author of five previous novels, including The Secret Scripture, which is currently in pre-production as a major motion picture starring Vanessa Redgrave and Jessica Chastain. Sebastian Barry lives in Ireland.

Photo Credit: Linda Brownlee

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