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Himself / Jess Kidd.

Kidd, Jess, author. (Author).
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Roseau Public Library KID (Text) 35500005843683 Main Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781501145179 (hardback)
  • ISBN: 9781501145186 (trade paperback)
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2017.

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Summary, etc.: ""A highly unusual tale set in a highly unusual Irish village full of dark secrets
"Having been abandoned on the steps of an orphanage as an infant, lovable car thief and Dublin charmer Mahony assumed all his life that his mother had simply given him up. But when he receives an anonymous note suggesting that foul play may have led to his mother's disappearance, he sees only one option: to return to the rural Irish village where he was born and find out what really happened twenty-six years ago. From the moment he sets foot in Mulderrig, Mahony's presence turns the village upside down. His uncannily familiar face and outsider ways cause a stir amongst the locals, who receive him with a mixture of excitement (the women), curiosity (the men) and suspicion (the pious). Determined to uncover the truth about what happened to his mother, Mahony solicits the help of brash anarchist and retired theater actress Mrs. Cauley. Together, this improbable duo concoct an ingenious plan to get the town talking, aided and abetted by a cast of eccentric characters, both living and dead. Because in Mulderrig, ghosts can be just as chatty and opinionated as the town's flesh and blood residents. Mahony's investigation incurs the wrath of sanctimonious Father Quinn and the Widow Farelly, provokes letter bombs and poisoned scones, and culminates in a riotous production of the most controversial play in Irish history. Himself is a simmering mixture - a blend of the natural everyday and the supernatural, folklore and mystery, and a healthy dose of quintessentially Irish humor. The result is a darkly comic crime story in the tradition of a classic Irish trickster tale, complete with a twisting and turning plot, a small-town rife with secrets and an infectious love of language and storytelling that is a hallmark of the finest Irish writers"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2017 February #1
    In 1976, handsome, charismatic Mahony returns to Mulderrig, a village like no other, searching for clues about his mother, Orla Sweeney. Did she run away after abandoning him at an orphanage in 1950, or did she meet a worse fate? Mahony fears the latter and finds an ally in Mrs. Cauley, a "twisted old woman" who rises to any challenge. Not unlike Hamlet, the two stage a play in hopes of flushing out Orla's murderer. Every page of Kidd's who-done-it novel is filled with magic, spirit, peppery characters, and ghosts of the village dead, including their pets, who are visible only to some. A wellspring emerges in a priest's house, ushering in a chorus of frogs. Sandwiches "curl up and die," trees "hold their own counsel," and a swarm of "bullet-headed bees" makes an appearance. Yet there is murder, too. Kidd mixes the darkest capacities of these villagers with carefully observed whimsy and fantasy. Readers who enjoy a dollop of whiskey in their tea will feel right at home in Mulderrig. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Mothers and sons > Fiction.
Mothers > Death > Fiction.
Villages > Fiction.
Secrecy > Fiction.
Ireland > Fiction.
FICTION / Literary.
FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General.
FICTION / Humorous.
Genre: Mystery fiction.
Black humor (Literature)
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