The Next Parish Over: A Collection of Irish-American Writing


“In the west of Ireland, they say that ‘the next parish over is America.’ It’s said jocularly, but of course there’s truth in the joke. The Irish and the Irish-American are an ocean apart, but it’s an ocean that unites as well as separates. We sing much the same songs: of exile and cunning, of rebellion and betrayal. But we sing them in different accents, with different cadences. It makes new music over here.” –Patricia Monaghan, from her introduction

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Fifty-seven Irish-American writers–including poet Tess Gallagher and prose writer Sheila O’Connor–are brought together in this lyrical collection. The result is a vivid and stunning insight into what it means to be Irish in America today.


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