Stream-of-consciousness writing whips back and forth in time, recounting a lifetime of thoughts and experiences of an Ireland-born brother and sister who make their way to London. Written in poetic form, large swaths of empty space on the page seem to aid digestion of often-intense content. Poguemahone is a creative monster and a mighty head-spinner.— Kay Wosewick
May 2022 Indie Next List
“Poguemahone celebrates the rowdy lives of siblings. It’s impossible not to get caught up in these exuberant stories, and amidst the hijinks are losses, doubts, and human frailties. A big novel as generous, funny, and sad as life itself.”
— Lori Feathers, Interabang Books, Dallas, TX
A swirling, psychedelic, bleakly funny fugue by the Booker-shortlisted author of The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto.
Una Fogarty, suffering from dementia in a seaside nursing home, would be all alone without her brother Dan, whose epic free-verse monologue tells their family story. Exile from Ireland and immigrant life in England. Their mother's trials as a call girl. Young Una's search for love in a seemingly haunted hippie squat, and the two-timing Scottish stoner poet she'll never get over. Now she sits outside in the sun as her memories unspool from Dan's mouth and his own role in the tale grows ever stranger-- and more sinister.
A swirling, psychedelic, bleakly funny fugue, Patrick McCabe's epic reinvention of the verse novel combines Modernist fragmentation and Beat spontaneity with Irish folklore, then douses it in whiskey and sets it on fire. Drinking song and punk libretto, ancient as myth and wholly original, Poguemahone is the devastating telling of one family's history--and the forces, seen and unseen, that make their fate.
About the Author
Patrick McCabe was born in 1955 in Clones, Country Monaghan. He was a teacher and then he was not, having become a full-time writer. He is the author of, among other novels, The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto, both of which were shortlisted for the Booker Prize and adapted into feature films by Neil Jordan.