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It's All-Ireland Hurling Final Day. A hungover Clareman with gambling debts travels up to Dublin for the match, secretly hoping his county will lose. An Englishwoman attends the final with her partner, wondering when to tell him that she's pregnant. A long-retired player watches the match from the stands, his gaze repeatedly falling on the Cork captain, whom he and his wif It's All-Ireland Hurling Final Day. A hungover Clareman with gambling debts travels up to Dublin for the match, secretly hoping his county will lose. An Englishwoman attends the final with her partner, wondering when to tell him that she's pregnant. A long-retired player watches the match from the stands, his gaze repeatedly falling on the Cork captain, whom he and his wife gave up for adoption years earlier. Clare's star forward struggles under the weight of expectation. Cork's talisman waits for the sliothar to fall from the sky, aware that his destiny is already set. Technically daring and with an unforgettable cast of characters, The First Sunday in September announces an exciting new voice in Irish fiction. A mix of Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge and Chad Harbach's The Art of Fielding.


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It's All-Ireland Hurling Final Day. A hungover Clareman with gambling debts travels up to Dublin for the match, secretly hoping his county will lose. An Englishwoman attends the final with her partner, wondering when to tell him that she's pregnant. A long-retired player watches the match from the stands, his gaze repeatedly falling on the Cork captain, whom he and his wif It's All-Ireland Hurling Final Day. A hungover Clareman with gambling debts travels up to Dublin for the match, secretly hoping his county will lose. An Englishwoman attends the final with her partner, wondering when to tell him that she's pregnant. A long-retired player watches the match from the stands, his gaze repeatedly falling on the Cork captain, whom he and his wife gave up for adoption years earlier. Clare's star forward struggles under the weight of expectation. Cork's talisman waits for the sliothar to fall from the sky, aware that his destiny is already set. Technically daring and with an unforgettable cast of characters, The First Sunday in September announces an exciting new voice in Irish fiction. A mix of Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge and Chad Harbach's The Art of Fielding.

30 review for The First Sunday in September

  1. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Madden

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  2. 4 out of 5

    Maeve

    Following a format made popular by Irish writer Donal Ryan, Tadhg interweaves the lives of his characters by having each chapter feature a different narrator. The novel centers around the All-Ireland final, and those who attend the match and play. It is not hard to follow, plot-wise, even though it switches from a close-third person narration, to first and to second, as a reader you know what the character wants, needs, or expects to happen during the Sunday. The moments of connection between ch Following a format made popular by Irish writer Donal Ryan, Tadhg interweaves the lives of his characters by having each chapter feature a different narrator. The novel centers around the All-Ireland final, and those who attend the match and play. It is not hard to follow, plot-wise, even though it switches from a close-third person narration, to first and to second, as a reader you know what the character wants, needs, or expects to happen during the Sunday. The moments of connection between characters and you the reader are compelling and expressed with compassion. I was drawn to this book because I wanted to read about hurling—but this novel brings more to it than just a sports game. I enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to anyone who knows the Irish sport or not.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kieran Neylon

    At its essence, this is a collection of short stories with a sporting event to connect them. "Angels" was the standout chapter, so powerful and moving, but I was disappointed that I never got to find out what happens next ... I suppose the reader is free to fill in their own blanks in every book, but I'd love Tadgh to tell us how he thinks some of those stories play out. At its essence, this is a collection of short stories with a sporting event to connect them. "Angels" was the standout chapter, so powerful and moving, but I was disappointed that I never got to find out what happens next ... I suppose the reader is free to fill in their own blanks in every book, but I'd love Tadgh to tell us how he thinks some of those stories play out.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer deBie

    Fascinating read, as an American living in Ireland the cult and culture surrounding traditional sports like hurling can be a bit daunting. Coakley breaks the biggest day of the year for hurling fans down into a stunning series of human vignettes, woven together loosely, but inescapably. Delightful read!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

    This is one of the best books I've read. It mixes sport with fiction and is beautifully written by TC. It's something of a hidden gem in my opinion. The emotion which sport evokes is brilliantly captured. Whether you like sport or not , it is a must read. This is one of the best books I've read. It mixes sport with fiction and is beautifully written by TC. It's something of a hidden gem in my opinion. The emotion which sport evokes is brilliantly captured. Whether you like sport or not , it is a must read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mary Dolan

    A book that will stick with me for a while. The chapter Angels will haunt me for a while as I can't imagine what would make a parent do that... A book that will stick with me for a while. The chapter Angels will haunt me for a while as I can't imagine what would make a parent do that...

  7. 4 out of 5

    David Livingston

    Having family from Cork who have a storied hurling tradition I could relate to the descriptions about the playing of the actual game and their supporters.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Hodnett

    I know nothing about hurling but this book had me hooked from first chapter. Each chapter tells a different story but all linked to All Ireland final between Cork and Clare

  9. 4 out of 5

    Aileen

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anne Geraghty

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shauna Hurley

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mary Mulcahy

  13. 5 out of 5

    Andrew O'Regan

  14. 4 out of 5

    Niamh O'Callaghan

  15. 5 out of 5

    maurice hickey

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gerry

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mercier

  18. 4 out of 5

    BMWA

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michael Harrington

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ciara

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alice

  22. 5 out of 5

    Siobhan

  23. 5 out of 5

    Neil Patrick McCarthy

  24. 4 out of 5

    Neil T

  25. 4 out of 5

    Declan Roche

  26. 4 out of 5

    Clodagh Farrell

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karen Maguire

  28. 4 out of 5

    Deirdre Roberts

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mary Byrne

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

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