Eureka Street

A Novel of Ireland Like No Other

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About The Book

When your street address can either save your life or send it up the creek, there’s no telling what kind of daily challenges you’ll face in the era of the Northern Irish Troubles.

“All stories are love stories,” begins Eureka Street, Robert McLiam Wilson’s big-hearted and achingly funny novel. Set in Belfast during the Troubles, Eureka Street takes us into the lives and families of Chuckie Lurgan and Jake Jackson, a Protestant and a Catholic—unlikely pals and staunch allies in an uneasy time. When a new work of graffiti begins to show up throughout the city—“OTG”—the locals are stumped. The harder they try to decipher it, the more it reflects the passions and paranoias that govern and divide them.

Chuckie and Jake are as mystified as everyone else. In the meantime, they try to carve out lives for themselves in the battlefield they call home. Chuckie falls in love with an American who is living in Belfast to escape the violence in her own land; the best Jake can do is to get into a hilarious and remorseless war of insults with a beautiful but spitfire Republican whose Irish name, properly pronounced, sounds to him like someone choking.

The real love story in Eureka Street involves Belfast—the city’s soul and spirit, and its will to survive the worst it can do to itself.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Arcade (February 24, 2015)
  • Length: 400 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781628724370

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“Eureka Street is funny and brutal and a lot more . . . a violent, angry, busy, living book.” —Irish Times (Dublin)

“He is one of the finest talents to emerge in Irish fiction for years.” —Colum McCann

“Eureka Street is funny and brutal and a lot more . . . a violent, angry, busy, living book.” —Irish Times (Dublin)

“He is one of the finest talents to emerge in Irish fiction for years.” —Colum McCann

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