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A searing, surreal novel that bleeds fantasy and reality—and Beatles fandom—from one of literature’s most striking contemporary voices, author of the international sensation City of Bohane.

It is 1978, and John Lennon has escaped New York City to try to find the island off the west coast of Ireland he bought nine years prior. Leaving behind domesticity, his approaching forties, his inability to create, and his memories of his parents, he sets off to find calm in the comfortable silence of isolation. But when he puts himself in the hands of a shape-shifting driver full of Irish charm and dark whimsy, what ensues can only be termed a magical mystery tour.

Beatlebone is a tour de force of language and literary imagination that marries the most improbable element to the most striking effect.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Books like this come along once in a generation, books by writers with real chops, who haven’t yet been discouraged from taking real chances and blurring the lines between disciplines.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Glorious, savory stuff—part lark, part meditation, and a tiny part excavation.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Barry has a wry, pitch-perfect ear for dialogue and an equally affecting eye for character traits.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • "Beatlebone is an odyssey of the mind…Barry succeeds by parsing John’s limbo state so clearly and vividly.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • “Barry, a great poet of a novelist…has created an unusual novel, remarkable in structure as well as tone, that channels the contradictory nature of Lennon himself.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “This original, lyrical, genre-challenging work…[is] intriguing at every turn, and Barry’s prose can be as mesmerizing as some of his hero’s songs.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A 2015 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A BookPage Top Pick for Literary Fiction for December 2015
  • A New York Magazine Top 10 Books of November 2015
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