Sebastian Barry’s atmospheric portrayal of America in the making is also an intensely poignant story of two men and the hands dealt them by life.

After signing up for the US army in the 1850s, aged barely 17, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, go on to fight in the Indian wars and, ultimately, the Civil War. Having fled terrible hardships they find these days to be vivid and filled with wonder, despite the horrors they both see and are complicit in. Eventually, the possibility of lasting happiness emerges, if only they can survive.

The Man Booker Prize 2017
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Faber & Faber
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Sebastian Barry

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Sebastian Barry is an Irish playwright and novelist. He was born in Dublin.
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On Canaan's Side
The Secret Scripture
A Long Long Way