cover image The Van

The Van

Roddy Doyle / Author Penguin Books $14 (320p) ISBN 978-0-14-01

This final novel of Doyle's trilogy about the working-class Rabbitte family of Dublin (following The Commitments and The Snapper ) demonstrates a brash originality and humor that are both uniquely Irish and shrewdly universal. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize. (Aug.)