Since today is St. Patrick’s Day, we wanted our weekly edition of Monday Quotes to be from books that are set in Ireland, have Irish characters, or are written by an Irish author. We hope that if you get a chance to enjoy any of these books that you’ll let us know how much you liked them. So, for today don’t forget to wear green and “May the luck of the Irish be with you!”
“Thankfully the rest of the world assumed that the Irish were crazy, a theory that the Irish themselves did nothing to debunk. They had somehow got it into their heads that each fairy lugged around a pot of gold with him wherever he went. While it was true that LEP had a ransom fund, because of its officers’ high-risk occupation, no human had ever taken a chunk of it yet. This didn’t stop the Irish population in general from skulking around rainbows, hoping to win the supernatural lottery.”
“When Irish Guys Are Smiling” by Suzanne Supplee: Main character 17-year-old Delk Sinclair is studying abroad for one year in Ireland, it’s more than just a chance to live in Ireland, it’s also her chance to escape her family.
“How did your mother die?” asked Delk.
“Car accident,” Katie replied, gazing out over the water. “She’d been to mass. A tire blew on the way home, and she was gone. I was nineteen, Pather’s age, when it happened. My brother was only eleven.” She paused. “I do know what you’re going through.” Katie looked at her.
“Pather told you?” Katie nodded. Delk was glad Pather had told his sister; she was relieved not to have to tell the story again. “Does it ever . . . you know . . . get any better?”
Katie shrugged her narrow shoulders and smiled. “In some ways it does, but it’s a bit like running a long race with a rock in your shoe. You get used to it, but it always hurts a little.”
“Better Off Friends” by Elizabeth Eulberg: Main character Macallan goes to Ireland to visit her grandparents.
I had a lot of time to think about what I was running away from. I had the two hour drive with Dad ad Uncle Adam to O’Hare Airport. I had the connection in Boston. I had the long flight to Shannon Airprot. And then the drive with Gran and Gramps to Dingle.
At one point I stopped thinking about what time it was back home. I only concentrated about what was waiting for me in Ireland.
The “Blue-Eyed Son” Trilogy: “Mick,” “Blood Relations,” and “Dog Eat Dog” by Chris Lynch: Mick is a 15-year-old who has spent his life living in the same blue-collar, Irish American neighborhood and dealing with the difficulties of his family.
Family was my problem. Not simply the obvious problem of who was in my family-my brother, Terry-but the whole idea of family itself. Where I come from, it’s a big word, family. You hear it a lot in my neighborhood, and it means the neighborhood as much as it means actual blood relations. It includes the guys you grew up with, and the guys your dad grew up with, and the girls they hooked up with and the kids they all squeezed out. It wasn’t all important that everybody in your “family” be all Irish…as long as they lived inside your boundaries and acted like you acted and were Catholic. What family was, mostly, what it kept out.
“Ireland (Notes from a Spinning Planet #1)” by Melody Carlson: Nineteen year-old Maddie is going on her first trip outside of the country to Ireland with her Aunt Sid and Sid’s godson, Ryan.
It’s pretty humiliating to admit, but I’ve never flown in a plane before today. So wouldn’t you think that I’d be feeling pretty jazzed right now? Instead I keep grabbing onto these armrests as I ask myself why on earth I ever agreed to come on this frightening trip.…