It is 1945, and in a rural Irish village called Creevagh, a young man waits eagerly for the mail, convinced that one letter will bring his salvation. Since the age of reason, Phelim O’Brien has been obsessed by a morbid fear of hell; and from the age of puberty, tormented by the certainty he’ll wind up there. But his friend, Philpot Emmett, refuses to accept that the slightest tittle of carnal pleasure is a mortal sin, and where Phelim struggles, Philpot happily yields. Father Coyne admonishes, Catherine Ryan tempts, and the formidable Maura Higgins rebels against them all, vanguard of the encroaching modern values that are slowly changing the face of village life. This is an this endearing and sweetly funny first novel, by an engaging and talented new writer.
Walter Keady grew up on a farm in the west of Ireland. He worked in the Irish Civil Service, served as a Catholic missionary priest in Brazil, and had a career as a software engineer with IBM. He is the author of two previous novels, Celibates and Other Lovers, and Mary McGreevy. He lives with his wife, Patricia, in New York's Hudson Valley.
“This is a delightful tale with characters who are real. It's like any small town you might know, where everybody knows what everybody else is doing, but don't let on they know.”
— Irish News
Publication Date: November 1, 1997
trim size: 8 x 5.3 x 1