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! http://marypathyland.com/
From Diarmaid Mac Alsándair via facebook
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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.
HRH Queen Elizabeth made a historic visit to Dublin yesterday wearing this colorful and expressive outfit. At the same time, 3/17 became an Amazon.com 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 🙂
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.
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.
For a limited time, you can now buy the Kindle version of 3/17 for just 99 cents! The format works on the iPad, iPhone, Android & BlackBerry, too.
Do you hear that? It’s the sound of the publishing industry being turned on its head and the coins falling out of its pants pockets.
A fellow author told me I should join the Kindleboards community, now that 3/17 is available in that format. I’ve been on there a week and learned so much already about how ePublishing and self-publishing are changing the book game forever.
Authors used to be content to write in drafty garrets, separated from the rest of the world. Not so, anymore! Now we must write, design, edit, market, be social media literate and fret about book sale rating fluctuations. That’s cut out a whole lotta middlemen in the publishing industry. If I were them, I’d start taking a few courses to prepare myself for a new career.
All of this is happening crazy-fast. And if you want to join the game, you better be adaptable. You wonder, after digital books, what could be next? [Cue: theme song from 2001: a Space Odyssey]