You could spend your St. Patrick’s Day drinking pints of green beer, downing one shot of Powers too many, or crashing your local McDonald’s in the hopes of devouring a Shamrock Shake. There are, however, ways to appreciate Ireland’s culture that are much less likely to involve embarrassing yourself. For starters, there’s literature — a trip to your local bookstore is much less likely to inspire thoughts of regret the day afterwards. What follows is a list of six highly recommended novels from Irish writers that cover a wide range of styles and moods. Whether you’re looking for an absurd journey through a strange landscape, a bittersweet coming-of-age story laced with both hilarity and tragedy, or the story of a family that spans decades and crosses continents, odds are you’ll find something here to savor.
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