I'm thrilled to announce that Eamon Loingsigh's fantastic novel Exile on Bridge Street has been shortlisted for the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction! It is one of eight books to receive this distinction, with the winner due to be announced in a month. Congratulations, Eamon, and best of luck!
Enter to win a copy of Eamon Loingsigh's excellent historical fiction novel Exile on Bridge Street (and my latest book baby from Three Rooms Press)!
Exile on Bridge Street details teenage Irish immigrant Liam Garrity's struggle to adulthood in pre-Prohibition Brooklyn. Back home, Ireland's fight for its own independence erupts with the 1916 Easter Rising. The fate of Garrity's father, an Irish rebel, is unknown, which leaves his mother and two sisters vulnerable on the family farm as British troops swarm, seeking reprisals. Garrity must organize their departure to New York immediately. In Brooklyn, Garrity is adopted by Dinny Meehan, leader of a longshoremen gang based in an "Irishtown" saloon under the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. Meehan vows to help Garrity and his family. But just as Ireland struggles for independence, Garrity faces great obstacles in his own coming of age on the violent Brooklyn waterfront. World War I, the Spanish Influenza, the temperance movement, the rise of Italian organized crime, police, unions and shipping and dock companies all target the Brooklyn Irish gang and threaten Garrity's chances at bringing his family to New York. When "Wild Bill" Lovett, one of the gang's dockbosses vies to take over, both Meehan and Garrity face a fight for survival in New York City's brawling streets mirroring Ireland's own fledgling independence movement.
“Beautiful, passionate prose.” —Washington Independent Review of Books
“Exile on Bridge Street should be required reading for those who rail about how today’s immigrants ‘refuse to assimilate.’” —The Brooklyn Rail
“Not only a chronicle of a people, but also the story of one lonesome immigrant, struggling to survive in a frightening land.” —Litkicks
“On the surface, Loingsigh’s book mines Brooklyn’s gory and glorious Irish past. But it is also the quintessential read for 21st century Brooklyn.” —Irish Central
This Friday, October 7, come to Cornelia Street Cafe for the launch of Eamon Loingsigh's Exile on Bridge Street, new from Three Rooms Press. I spent the last year editing this historical / crime novel and would be so glad to celebrate its launch with you! Books will be available for purchase, and Eamon would be thrilled to sign your copy.
EXILE ON BRIDGE STREET Launch with author Eamon Loingsigh
Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, 6-8 p.m.
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street (between Bleecker & W. 4th St.)
Admission: $10 (includes a free drink)
Three Rooms Press celebrates the New York launch of the Brooklyn-based Irish gang saga EXILE ON BRIDGE STREET by Eamon Loingsigh with special guest Brooklyn-based author Kathleen Donohoe
(Ashes of Fiery Weather).
EXILE ON BRIDGE STREET- The sequel story of the critically acclaimed Light of the Diddicoy follows Irish immigrant Liam Garrity as he struggles to find adulthood in pre-Prohibition Brooklyn. As tensions and violence rise in Ireland, he struggles to find a way to reunite his family in America. Joining a gang in “Irishtown” under the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges, he finds himself on the violent Brooklyn waterfront, struggling to find himself while fighting to survive. When a rival gang member vies to take over, Garrity must fight his own war that mirrors the one his family is fighting in Ireland, the home he left behind.
Loingsigh takes readers on a fast-paced adventure through time, blending the beauty and grit of New York with the violent and turbulent reality of the Irish immigrants that came searching for a better life, only to find a new war of their own. This is the second installment in the Auld Irishtown trilogy, but stands alone as a powerful piece of historical fiction.
“In Exile on Bridge Street, Eamon Loingsigh recreates the forgotten world of Irish immigrant New York with a combination of accuracy and drama found only in the best historical fiction” – Tyler Anbinder, professor of history, George Washington University; author, Five Points
Copies of EXILE ON BRIDGE STREET will be available for purchase and signing.
Doors open at 5:45. Admission is $10, which includes a free drink. Cornelia Street Cafe is at 29 Cornelia Street, in the West Village, between W. 4th Street at Bleecker (http://corneliastreecafe.com/).
Info and reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org