Nick Arvin - Mad Boy & Dan Sheehan - Restless Souls — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Upcoming Event
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Set in the Washington-Baltimore area during the War of 1812, Arvin’s vivid picaresque follows ten-year-old Henry Phipps as he struggles to fulfill his mother’s final wish and bury her at sea with her family in attendance. Henry’s father is in debtor’s prison, and as Henry scrambles to earn enough money to free him by looting battlefields, his adventures take him all around the region, where he encounters defectors, escaping slaves, and even a damsel in distress. Meanwhile, his brother has deserted, escaped a firing squad, and now awaits his firstborn. Arvin, author of the award-winning Articles of War, gives us colorful characters and a fast-paced taste of iconic events including the Burning of Washington.

Sheehan’s assured debut novel is the coming-of-age story of a group of Dubliners in their twenties. There’s banter and big plans, but also tragedy: two of the men grew up in foster homes. One killed himself, another spent several years in Sarajevo, returning from his stint as a “war tourist” with crippling PTSD. After available treatments fail, his friends take him to California for an experimental therapy. The specter of their missing number accompanies them, and the narrative becomes a cross between an American road trip and an Irish ghost story in the vein of The Dirty Dust, with the dead not letting his condition keep him out of the conversation. Along the way Sheehan, a LitHub editor whose fiction and nonfiction has appeared in American, British, and Irish publications, explores complicated questions of friendship, responsibility, and memory.

This event is part of the P&P Indie Press Series. 


Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
Union Market
Fiction & Poetry
Mad Boy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609454586
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Europa Editions - June 12th, 2018

Restless Souls Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632460660
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Published: Ig Publishing - April 24th, 2018

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