Oh When the Saints

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  • “To say Peter Money's Oh When The Saints is beautifully written doesn't give this multi-faced, humane, and profoundly moving book justice. But damnit I'll say it. This book is beautifully written, from start to finish. There were so many times I simply re-read a sentence for the sheer joy of its cadence. . . . A poet, a novelist, Money is the rare fusion. I savored the deeply felt human connections that animate this novel. May the Saint (and Denny, Kath, Nuala, and the others) live on.” —Peter Orner, author of Love and Shame and Love, editor of Underground America
  • “Despite one solitary mention in his latest book, Limerick city has managed to capture the imagination of a critically acclaimed American poet, novelist, academic and musician” —Limerick Leader
  • “Young Denny follows sounds and sensations in the hope of a bright future. A great city clutter has to be negotiated. Finding love is a small miracle. Keeping his eye to the kaleidoscope, Peter Money writes with artistry and invention.” —Philip Davison, author of Eureka Dunes
  • “Hyper-aware Denny, a young American in Dublin, makes his tentative way towards adulthood with a supporting cast of oddball friends. Denny hopes for a big love, the ‘girl named Ireland’. Akin to a Joycean ramble, Oh When the Saints follows a sensitive boy on the reluctant verge of manhood, who cannot help endlessly analysing his own - and others' - place in the stream of life. His heart is ‘a sack of air’ until he meets a trainee librarian with ambitions to be wild. This is a strange, elliptical novel of ideas, told in punchy, poetic prose; Peter Money's is a vivid, fresh and welcome voice.” —Nuala O'Connor, author of Joyride to Jupiter
  • “In a literary environment where so much new fiction is so predictable in tone and content (first two pages boring me to tears and a return to the library shelf), it's incredibly refreshing to read literature that is geninuely interesting, where every sentence seems unique, where a writer is bending the envelope, creating a different literary consciousness even. . . . You can see the influences from beat poetry/jazz, Joyce, Beckett, Rimbaud, but the rest is pure Peter Money. . . . You will walk away feeling like you know these characters and their relationships in a different, more profound way than from ordinary literature, and your mind will be opened that much more. Afterwards you will say you had a different, and in many ways better, ‘literary experience’, and certainly a more memorable one.” —Richard S, GoodReads

Meet The Author

Peter Money’s books of poetry include hybrid works such as the prose-poem sequence with Saadi Youssef, To day – minutes only; the poetry/music collaboration Blue Square; Che: A Novella In Three Parts; and a book of translations, with Sinan Antoon, of the Arab Modernist Saadi Youssef. American Drone: New and Select Poems was published in 2013. A co-founder of the literary journal Writers’ Bloc, Money also founded the journals Lame Duck and Across Borders. His poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, the Sun, the Berkeley Review, the Hawaii Review and Solo, among others, and in the City Lights anthology Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sound, as well as on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. He is the director of Harbor Mountain Press, and has taught at Lebanon College, where he guided the Associates in Creative Writing program. Money received a grass-roots nomination for the position of Vermont State Poet Laureate in 2011, and performs with the band Los Lorcas.

Oh When the Saints tells the tall (or average-size) tale of an American in Dublin: a beautifully written coming-of-age novel, in the style of the Beats, from the renowned Vermont poet. Shimmering prose, with passages that may take your breath away. Shines like a pint in Slatterys on a rainy Friday night, with the promise of adventures to come. A Dublin On the Road.

As featured in: Writing.ie, RTÉ Radio 1’s Arena, the Limerick Leader, the Irish Examiner and the Irish Times.


Weight 0.5 kg