Ithaca

Alan McMonagle

This was the summer after all the money disappeared. One minute it was here. The next it had vanished. All of it. Without trace... Now that all the money had vanished everyone had their eyes and ears ready for all manner of doom.

Summer 2009, and eleven-year-old Jason Lowry is preoccupied with thoughts of the Da he has never known. In the meantime, his vodka-swilling, swings-from-the-hip Ma is busy entertaining her latest boyfriend and indulging her fondness for joyriding.

Jason escapes to the Swamp: a mysteriously rising pool of fetid water on the outskirts of the town. There, he meets the girl, a being as lost as himself, and with even less regard for reality. Together, they conjure exotic adventures - from ancient Egypt to the search for Ithaca, home of Odysseus. But what begin as innocent flights of fancy soon become forays into hazardous territory; the girl is a dangerous (and very committed) partner in crime.

Ithaca, the ferociously funny and unbelievably poignant debut novel from Alan McMonagle, combines a fiercely emotional story with crackling prose.

Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781509829842
Published: 09/03/2017

Alan McMonagle

Alan McMonagle

Alan McMonagle has written for radio, published two collections of short stories – both of which were nominated for the Frank O'Connor Award – and contributed stories to many journals in Ireland and North America. He lives in Galway. Ithaca is his first novel.

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