Songdogs A Novel

Colum McCann




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224 Pages



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With only unreliable memories and scraps of photographs to guide him, Conor Lyons follows in the tracks of his father—a rootless photographer—as he moved from war-torn Spain, to the barren plains of Mexico, where he met and married Conor's mother, to the American West, and finally back to Ireland, where the marriage and the story reach their heartrending climax. The narratives of Conor's quest and his parents' lives twine and untwine, creating a mesmerizing evocation of the gulf between memory and imagination, love and loss, past and present.


Praise for Songdogs

"Powerful . . . wistful and gracefully shadowed . . . The author has a keen eye and ear; his language is full of sparkling poetry and images."—Scott Veale, The New York Times Book Review

"Positively vibrates . . . consistently engaging . . . remarkably beautiful."—Peggy O'Brien, The Boston Sunday Globe

"McCann . . . has unusual control over his material . . . McCann's take on the New World is fresh and often amusing, but what we remember most is the poignancy."—Michael Harris, Los Angeles Times Book Review

"An arresting new voice from out of Ireland, at once deep and dazzling."—Edna O'Brien

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Colum McCann is the author of  books including This Side of Brightness, Zoli, Songdogs and Let the Great World Spin. He has received the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, a Pushcart Prize, and was named the first winner of the Grace Kelly Memorial Foundation Award and the Princess Grace Memorial Literary Award. He lives in New York City.
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  • Colum McCann

  • Colum McCann was born in Dublin in 1965. He has worked as a journalist, ranch hand, and teacher. Among the honors his fiction has received are the Hennessy Award for Irish Literature and the Rooney Prize. His other books include Fishing the Sloe-Black River and Dancer.
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