Synopses & Reviews
From the award-winning author of The Butcher Boy
comes a new novel of extraordinary power that, according to the San Francisco Chronicle
, "confirm[s] McCabe's standing as one of the most brilliant writers to ever come out of Ireland."
In The Dead School, Patrick McCabe returns to the emotionally dense landscape of small-town Ireland to explore the inner lives of two men: a headmaster and a schoolteacher, each man the product of a soul-stifling culture, each battling his own demons of loss and betrayal. Tension coils until tragedy strikes a young student in their charge, and the latent despair and rage that has festered in their hearts explodes onto the page. As in The Butcher Boy, McCabe demonstrates his remarkable command of the vernacular and an uncanny ability to pinpoint the exact moment when ordinary minds take flight into madness. Equally compelling, equally heartbreaking in its impact, The Dead School has established McCabe as one of the most celebrated writers of literary fiction today.
"[A] more complex and ambitious work than The Butcher Boy, but it is just as pitiless in its depiction of Irish life. This deeply pessimistic novel of ideas speaks directly to the current American debate on educational reform." Library Journal
"A delight not to be missed, confirming McCabe's standing as one of the most brilliant writers ever to come out of Ireland." San Francisco Chronicle