Sweet Liberty

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From the author of the international bestsellers Star of the Sea and Redemption Falls comes this vivid chronicle of Dublin towns across America.

Joseph O’Connor’s love affair with all things American led to an extraordinary tour of the United States to visit the nine different towns called Dublin, as well as some of the great cities and tiny hamlets in between.

Beginning in Boston, he visits the Dublins of New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia and Texas, Las Vegas and California — to name a few. Interspersed with his travels are vivid accounts of the Irish immigrant experience and a rich exploration of the intertwined roots of American music, from Irish ballads to jazz, country, blues and gospel.

Sweet Liberty is a hilarious, poignant and unforgettable coast-to-coast tour which celebrates the breathtaking diversity of the Irish influence on America — and discovers along the way a town called Dublin that does not have one single pub within its limits.

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Now here is a simple and original idea for a travel book: find all the cities in the United States named Dublin (there are nine). Visit each. Drink in the pubs, sleep in the motels and lodges, listen to the people. Return to Ireland. Write a funny, funky book, full of the beat of pop music, the accents of Americans, and terrific hangovers. Joseph O'Connor, brother of pop star Sinead, gets it just about right in this slightly barmy quest across America. He watches his first porn flick in Boston, gets the river under the Brooklyn Bridge wrong, and declares that Dublin, New Hampshire, "was so small it was almost portable." A minor gem.

About the Author:

Joseph O’Connor was born in Dublin. He has written ten widely acclaimed and bestselling books including the novels Cowboys and Indians; Desperadoes; The Salesman; Inishowen; Star of the Sea; and Redemption Falls.

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