Restless Souls - Dan Sheehan

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Sheehan’s assured debut novel does a lot at once without getting in its own way. At one level it’s a coming-of-age story and the portrait of a friendship between a group of Dubliners in their twenties. There’s plenty of banter, big plans, and misadventures. The characters are personable, their dialogue sharp and funny.  But these guys have been through a lot. Two are orphans who bonded in a series of foster homes. One killed himself, leaving the others to suffer an unpredictable course of survivors’ guilt. Another spent several years in Sarajevo, returning from his stint as a “war tourist” with crippling, and perhaps life-threatening 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 explores complicated questions of friendship, responsibility, and memory, asking how far we can go to save those we love and how we can live with memories that are painful reminders of all we’ve lost but at the same time all we have left of what we cherished.

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ISBN: 9781632460660
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Ig Publishing - April 24th, 2018

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