Shannon

Frank Delaney, Author . Random $26 (393p) ISBN 978-1-4000-6525-7

Delaney's meandering novel follows an American priest as he travels along Ireland's Shannon River in search of his family roots, and while it's peace he seeks, trouble has a way of finding him. After witnessing the atrocities of WWI, Father Robert Shannon returns to the United States shell-shocked, and the church eventually sends him to Ireland to restore himself and seek out his origins along the famed Shannon River. Along the way, he gets by through the kindness of strangers and witnesses Ireland's descent into civil war. With leads to his family history few and far between, Robert finds comfort in the home of a nurse he knew while serving as a chaplain during the war in France. Meanwhile, there's a hired killer from the states hot on his tail, and an unknowing Robert could make for a very easy target. The narrative is slow and thoughtful, spiritual though not overbearing and rounded out with a nice vein of intrigue. Though the family roots/hired gun mix may sound bizarre, Delaney handles the disparate thematic elements with a sure hand. (Feb.)

Reviewed on: 12/22/2008
Release date: 03/01/2009
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 398 pages - 978-0-8129-7596-3
Peanut Press/Palm Reader - 314 pages - 978-1-58836-796-9
Downloadable Audio - 1 pages - 978-1-4159-5917-6
Compact Disc - 12 pages - 978-0-7393-3372-3
Paperback - 596 pages - 978-0-7393-2835-4
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