Fiction. Blood and memory reign in a collection of stories concerning the social and political aspects of an Irish killer from the 1970s to the present. Rooted in Ireland's history of internal violence, an inescapable brutality that drags like a shadow for natives and exiles alike, the 'war of Ireland' ensues in Seamus Scanlon's short story collection, AS CLOSE AS YOU'LL EVER BE. From Dublin to New York, Scanlon's stories cover the vicious exploits of boy soldiers and IRA initiations, a son returning home to help his mother, a man mourning the boyhood loss of a cousin, or a childhood memory of first flight and escape. Operating under different circumstances of violence and crime, the characters are propelled in a ruthless conflagration between the binds of heritage and the burden of remembrance.
"Terrific Story Collections 2012" @ Library JournalJudy Murphy @ Connacht TribuneKevin Higgins @ Galway AdvertiserBrian Roche @ Writing.ie
Seamus Scanlon is a Librarian and Assistant Professor at the Centre for Worker Education at the City College of New York (CUNY). Hailing from Galway, Ireland, Scanlon's fiction won the 2011 Fish Publishing One Page Story Award, and the 2010 Over The Edge Writer of the Year Award. His writing has appeared in numerous publications and most recently his play, Dancing at Lunacy, finished an extended run at the Cell Theatre in New York City, March 2012.Author City: FOREST HILLS, NY USA