Megan Harlan
April 10, 1998 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Bend for Home: A Memoir

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Dermot Healy
genre
Memoir

We gave it an A-

In the phenomenal wake of Frank McCourt’s autobiography, Angela’s Ashes, how is an Irishman supposed to draw interest to his own youthful memoir? On top of that, Healy, one of Ireland’s most gifted fiction stylists, has nary a horrific tragedy, abuse, or alcoholic relative to report in The Bend for Home: A Memoir: His was an idyllic village childhood and routinely rebellious adolescence. But Healy arranges shards of story — brilliantly colored by time, self-aware invention, and wit — into an exquisite mosaic that conjures the fragmented nature of memory itself. A-

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