Days Without End (Hardcover)

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Longlisted for the 2017-Man Booker Prize, this is the story of a young Irish Immigrant who comes to America, enlists in the US army, finds a comrade in arms in John Lole, and the two go on to fight in the Indian and the civil war. Orphans themselves, they create a makeshift family with a young Sioux girl and freed slave. Barry is a masterful storyteller, and this is a poignant, entertaining, and sad narrative capturing a period in American history not often told. Truly worthy and not to be missed. I love this book!

— Carolyn




"A true leftfield wonder: Days Without End is a violent, superbly lyrical western offering a sweeping vision of America in the making."--Kazuo Ishiguro, Booker Prize winning author of The Remains of the Day and The Buried Giant

From the two-time Man Booker Prize finalist Sebastian Barry, "a master storyteller" (Wall Street Journal), comes a powerful new novel of duty and family set against the American Indian and Civil Wars

Thomas McNulty, aged barely seventeen and having fled the Great Famine in Ireland, signs up for the U.S. Army in the 1850s. With his brother in arms, John Cole, Thomas goes on to fight in the Indian Wars--against the Sioux and the Yurok--and, ultimately, the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, the men find these days to be vivid and alive, despite the horrors they see and are complicit in.

Moving from the plains of Wyoming to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry's latest work is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language. An intensely poignant story of two men and the makeshift family they create with a young Sioux girl, Winona, Days Without End is a fresh and haunting portrait of the most fateful years in American history and is a novel never to be forgotten.

About the Author

Sebastian Barry has won the Costa Novel Award for Days Without End and the Costa Book Award for The Secret Scripture. Barry has also won the Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year Award and the Walter Scott Prize. His work has twice been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. He is the author of six previous novels and lives in Ireland.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780525427360
ISBN-10: 0525427368
Publisher: Viking
Publication Date: January 24th, 2017
Pages: 272
Language: English