• Love

    by Roddy Doyle
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June 26, 2020

Roddy Doyle

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes beloved writer RODDY DOYLE—author of the Booker Prize–winning novel Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha—for a discussion of his latest novel, Love. He will be joined in conversation by JOHN FREEMAN, executive editor of Literary Hub and founder and editor of the celebrated literary annual, Freeman's.


Davy and Joe were drinking pals back in their Dublin youth. Davy rarely sees Joe for a pint anymore—maybe one or two when Davy comes over from England to check on his elderly father. But tonight Davy's father is dying in the hospice, and Joe has a secret that will lead the two on a bender back to the haunts of their youth.

Joe had left his wife and family a year earlier for another woman, Jessica. Davy knows her too, or should—she was the girl of their dreams four decades earlier, the girl with the cello in George's pub. As Joe's story unfolds across Dublin—pint after pint, pub after pub—so too do the memories of what eventually drove Davy from Ireland: the upheaval that Faye, his feisty, profane wife, would bring into his life; his father's somber disapproval; the pained spaces left behind when a parent dies.

As much a hymn to the Dublin of old as a delightfully comic yet moving portrait of what it means to try to put into words the many forms that love can take, Love marks a triumphant new turn for Roddy Doyle.

About Author(s)

Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. He is the author of eleven acclaimed novels, including The CommitmentsThe VanPaddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (winner of the Booker Prize), The Woman Who Walked Into DoorsA Star Called Henry, and, most recently, Smile. Doyle has also written two collections of stories, and several works for children and young adults. He lives in Dublin.

John Freeman is the editor of Freeman's, a literary annual of new writing, and executive editor of Literary Hub. His books include How to Read a Novelist and Dictionary of the Undoing, as well as Tales of Two Americas, an anthology about income inequality in America, and Tales of Two Cities, an anthology of new writing about inequality in New York City. He is also the author of a collection of poems, Maps. His work is translated into more than twenty languages, and has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The New York Times. The former editor of Granta, he teaches writing at New York University.