Long Time, No See by Dermot Healy Book Recommendation





Summary of Long Time, No See


The funny, moving, long-awaited masterwork from “Ireland’s finest living novelist” (Roddy Doyle)

Celebrated Irish author Dermot Healy’s first novel in more than ten years is a rich, beguiling, compassionate, and wonderfully funny story about community, family, love, and bonds across generations.
Set in an isolated coastal town in northwest Ireland, Long Time, No Seecenters around an unforgettable cast of innocents and wounded, broken misfits. The story is narrated by a young man known as Mister Psyche who takes up with and is then drawn into a series of bemusing and unsettling misadventures with two men some fifty years his senior—his grand uncle Joejoe and Joejoe’s neighbor The Blackbird—wonderful, eccentric characters full of ancient jealousies and grudges and holding some very dark secrets.
Written with great lyrical power and a vivid sense of place and published to rapturous reviews in England and Ireland, Long Time, No See is a sad-comic tapestry of life and death that celebrates the incredibly rich lives of ordinary people.





Dermot Healy was born in 1947 in Finnea, County Westmeath, Ireland. He is a playwright, poet and novelist, and governing member of Aosdana, an Irish association for Artists. Mr. Healy has received the Hennessy Award for Short Stories (1974 and 1976) the Tom Gallon award (1983), the Encore Award (1995), and he won the 2002 America Ireland Literary Award. He lives in Country Sligo, Ireland. 


About the Book

  • Reading level: Ages 18 and up
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult (July 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670023604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670023608
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