Last week, Sebastian Barry (two-time Man Booker shortlisted author of The Secret Scripture) was in the Bay Area, speaking, signing, and promoting his new novel, On Canaan's Side. Barry, pictured below with Diesel bookseller Linda Grana, has signed a carton of first editions for Diesel--now on sale in our Oakland store!
"Told in the first person, as a narrative of Lilly Bere's life over seventeen days, On Canaan's Side opens as she mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill. Lilly revisits her past, going back to the moment she was forced to flee Ireland, at the end of the First World War, and continues her tale in America, a world filled with both hope and danger. At once epic and intimate, Lilly's story unfolds as she tries to make sense of the sorrows and troubles of her life and of the people whose lives she has touched. Spanning nearly seven decades, from the Great Depression to World War II and the Vietnam War, it is the heartbreaking story of a woman whose capability to love is enormous, and whose compassion, even for those who have wronged her, is astonishing."