Kilbrack O'Neill's brilliant 2002 breakthrough novel, "At Swim, Two Boys," swirled history, politics, and sexuality into a raging Irish tempest. "Kilbrack," written in 1990 and just… Kilbrack O'Neill's brilliant 2002 breakthrough novel, "At Swim, Two Boys," swirled history, politics, and sexuality into a raging Irish tempest. "Kilbrack," written in 1990 and just… 2004-02-24 Fiction
Book Review

Kilbrack (2004)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Feb 24, 2004; Writer: Jamie O'Neill; Genre: Fiction

O'Neill's brilliant 2002 breakthrough novel, ''At Swim, Two Boys,'' swirled history, politics, and sexuality into a raging Irish tempest. ''Kilbrack,'' written in 1990 and just now published in America, is more of a teacup -- small, warm, and beautifully ornamented -- that portends the eventual flowering of a major talent. It begins as the story of a young amnesiac on his way to an Irish village, the subject of a memoir that's obsessed him. Why amnesia? Why this village? The tragicomic answers make ''Kilbrack'' smarter and more haunting than the novel's minor, mirthful shape suggests.

Originally posted Mar 05, 2004 Published in issue #754 Mar 05, 2004 Order article reprints
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