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Jun 17, 2013 — The capital of Northern Ireland is no longer the city of snipers that it was before the Good Friday Agreement, but novelist Stuart Neville still draws inspiration from the decades of violence. In The Ghosts of Belfast, he examines the shattered life of an IRA killer in the aftermath of The Troubles.
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May 18, 2013 — Colin Broderick's new memoir, That's That, chronicles his childhood in Northern Ireland during the modern-day "Troubles." Broderick says growing up in what was essentially a war zone seemed normal to him at the time.
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Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Pearl by Mary Gordon. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Dec 11, 2009 — Holiday season have you feeling a touch homicidal? Critic Maureen Corrigan offers a selection of sleuth stories and hard-boiled whodunits to satisfy all your deepest literary desires.
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Dec 11, 2009 — Gerry Fegan has a lot of ghosts — 12 to be exact. When Fegan, a former IRA hitman, cannot escape his past, he decides the only way to free himself is to kill the men who used to be his leaders. The novel is the debut of author Stuart Neville.
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May 12, 2007 — As America celebrates Mother's Day, Jacki Lyden reflects on the meaning of motherhood through the eyes of her aunt, Ellie Lyden. Nearly 100, Ellie has long nurtured the small village of Clifden, Ireland, from her rose-covered cottage.
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Dec 24, 2006 — Even as Ireland benefits from a booming high-tech economy, many are taking time to keep the past alive. The rural tradition of "rambling houses," where people gather for entertainment and fellowship, has been revived in County Kerry and elsewhere.
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Mar 31, 2006 — Mary Gordon's book Pearl is about a mother struggling to understand her daughter's public act of martyrdom. It's now out in paperback. Gordon is the author of seven novels, including Final Payments and The Company of Women and four nonfiction works (including The Shadow Man. (This interview was originally broadcast Jan. 31, 2005.)
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