The acclaimed author of "Ireland" and "Tipperary" returns once more to his home terrain with a beautifully written, meticulously researched, and expertly paced novel. "Shannon" is a timeless account of salvation, belief, duty--and the healing power of discovering one's roots.The acclaimed author of "Ireland" and "Tipperary" returns once more to his home terrain with a beautifully written, meticulously researched, and expertly paced novel. "Shannon" is a timeless account of salvation, belief, duty--and the healing power of discovering one's roots.Read Less
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I didn't take my walk in Ireland but I know some church leaders like the Archbishop and Monsignor. The Shannon river and the man are both a special study and revelation by the author. And may the nurse ever be yours....
Publishers Weekly, 2008-12-22 Delaney's meandering novel follows an American priest as he travels along Ireland's Shannon River in search of his family roots, and while it's peace he seeks, trouble has a way of finding him. After witnessing the atrocities of WWI, Father Robert Shannon returns to the United States shell-shocked, and the church eventually sends him to Ireland to restore himself and seek out his origins along the famed Shannon River. Along the way, he gets by through the kindness of strangers and witnesses Ireland's descent into civil war. With leads to his family history few and far between, Robert finds comfort in the home of a nurse he knew while serving as a chaplain during the war in France. Meanwhile, there's a hired killer from the states hot on his tail, and an unknowing Robert could make for a very easy target. The narrative is slow and thoughtful, spiritual though not overbearing and rounded out with a nice vein of intrigue. Though the family roots/hired gun mix may sound bizarre, Delaney handles the disparate thematic elements with a sure hand. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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