New review

Just finished reading Mary Pat Hyland’s semi autobiographical novel, “3/17” and loved it! I laughed so hard my daughters almost called 999 (the Irish equivalent of 911). If this book doesn’t make you laugh out loud, then you’re already dead. The novel is a razor sharp witted, psycho social, mystical and musical evisceration of some of the excessive over indulgencies of Hiberno Americana. “3/17” should be required reading for anyone even contemplating visiting the eastern seaboard of America during the madness of the Irish marching season of March. So, if you’re Irish, or think that you might be, or simply just find Irish people to be very amusing – then you need to read this book. Warning: you will never look at corned beef and cabbage the same way again!

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Found out this morning that 3/17  has been added to the catalog at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY. If you go to school there, or have family there, check it out!

Other digital editions available

Last night I uploaded 3/17 to Smashwords. If you’re not familiar with the site, it offers versions of ebooks in various digital formats for Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, Apple, etc. Once the book gets into the Smashwords Premium Catalog, it will be shipped directly to those vendors, too. But you don’t have to wait. Download an ePub formatted book today HERE. All digital versions are $2.99.

Coincidence? I think not!

HRH Queen Elizabeth made a historic visit to Dublin yesterday wearing this colorful and expressive outfit. At the same time, 3/17 became an bestseller. Could the queen be a fan of Slí na Firinne, the traditional Irish band in 3/17? Or, was she going to make a quick stop across the pond for a “10 months until St. Patrick’s Day bash” at Paulie’s Italian Palazzo?

YOU be the judge! Coincidence? I think not…!

(P.S. Thank you, Eddie 🙂

3/17…a bestseller!

Amazon Top 100 Bestseller!

What a day!

This morning 3/17 was mentioned on Kindle Review, and suddenly sales took off! By this afternoon, the book made it onto’s Top 100 Bestsellers list! Even had some UK sales, too!

This means it was competing with the likes of Tina Fey, Steve Martin and Nora Ephron on the bestseller list. My idols!

So from now on, 3/17 can be referred to as an Amazon Bestseller! Tá sé go hiontach!

BTW, the Kindle price of 3/17 rises to $2.99 on June 1. Get your copy now!

New reviews

From Powell’s Books online store:

 Mollie, January 12, 2011

One of the funniest books I ever read in my life–and I am hard to please. It’s right up there with “Lucky Jim” and “Whisky Galore.” Mary Pat certainly knows her way around Irish music and Irish musicians, and she can spin a yarn with the best of them–Dante included. A band of traditional Irish musicians gets lost on the way to a St. Patrick’s Day gig in upstate New York and spends the next few days trying to get back to reality. On the way, they encounter pukas, little girl step dancers, tyrannical Comhaltas session players, clueless and keyless singers of “Danny Boy,” and even Danu herself (maybe…), all the while defending themselves from offerings of corned beef and cabbage by the locals. The structure of the story is frankly, and with tongue-in-cheek apologies, taken from The Inferno, but the style is completely picaresque. The climax is a hallucinatory brawl featuring all the characters the band has encountered, and ending with an epiphanic parody so hilarious that I couldn’t catch my breath for several minutes, I was laughing so hard. A novel Flann O’Brien would have been proud to write.

From BigAl’s Books & Pals review blog, March 24, 2011

Rating: **** Four stars

Murphy was Irish. It seems fitting that his law would apply so well to the characters of 3/17. In what is described as a “loose parody of Dante’s Inferno,” Irish Trad Band Slí na Fírinne (which means “path of truth”) go on their first American tour in upstate New York. Before reaching their first gig they slide off the road in a snowstorm – an accident that might have been prevented if they had paid attention to their seemingly possessed GPS. From there, it only gets worse.

What follows is a nightmare that gets progressively worse. Missed gigs, cultural clashes – especially with those who think they understand Irish culture, and plenty of gigs from hell (none of which were those originally booked). Although almost anyone capable of laughing at Murphy gone amok should enjoy 3/17, it should especially ring true for musicians, or anyone who has observed artistic types trying to put food on the table.


You’ll find a lot of Gaeilge words (the Irish language) used. For some, like eejit, the meaning might be obvious. Some you’ll figure out from context. For all, the handy lexicon in the back is available to help.

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Radio interview

This afternoon at 1 p.m. (EDT), I will be a guest of Bill Jaker on his wonderful book chat show “Off The Page” on WSKG FM. The show is available worldwide as a live stream here. It will be rebroadcast at 7 p.m. and available for download tomorrow.