How We Mortals BLAME THE GODS
By Mairian MC Sweeney
Four very different people, one potentially awful event, and the dark secrets that bind them all. Set on June 16th, 2004 in Ireland, this debut novel shadows James Joyce’s Ulysses one hundred years after the original Bloomsday of Joyce’s novel. It contemporises the issues of religion, gender equality and identity in modern Ireland. It is a tale of a failed marriage, the complicated lives of a group of young people, political corruption, and an Islamic terrorist plot. All the action takes place on one day during the Joycean Bloomsday centenary celebrations. The language is gritty, base, exciting and frustrating as it twirls through the lives of the four main narrators who seek to resolve the personal conflicts and secrets that have dominated their lives.