Please note: this event has been CANCELLED.
Left Bank Books welcomes Booker Prize-winning author Roddy Doyle, who will sign and discuss his new novel, Smile!
Just moved in to a new apartment, alone for the first time in years, Victor Forde goes every evening to Donnelly’s for a pint. One evening his drink is interrupted. A man in shorts and a pink shirt seems to know Victor’s name and to remember him from secondary school. His name is Fitzpatrick. Victor dislikes him on sight, dislikes too the memories that Fitzpatrick stirs up of five years being taught by the Christian Brothers. But it’s the memory of one particular Brother that Victor cannot control and which eventually threaten to destroy his sanity. Smile has the razor-sharp dialogue, the humor, the superb evocation of adolescence for which Roddy Doyle has become famous—but this is a novel unlike any he has written.
"There is not a writer currently working in the English language who can match Doyle for the fluency with which he tacks back and forth between the hilarious and the heartbreaking."
—The New York Times Book Review