For The Good Times

David Keenan
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Award-winning author David Keenan's second novel plunges the reader into the dark night of Belfast in the 1970s: an era of military terror and sectarian violence, of occult visions and religious intensity.

Shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize

Belfast, 1970s: Sammy and his three friends live in an impoverished area of the city that has become the epicentre of a country seemingly intent on cannibalising itself. They love sharp clothes, a good drink, and the songs of Perry Como, whose commitment to clean living holds up a dissonant mirror to their own attempts to rise above their circumstances. They dream of a Free State, and their methods for achieving this are uncompromising. But For the Good Times is not just a novel about the IRA. It is about the heartbreak and devastation that commitment to 'the cause' can bring; of violence and betrayal, breakdown and rebirth.

Author bio:

David Keenan grew up in Airdrie in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He is the author of England's Hidden Reverse and a senior critic at The Wire. His debut novel, This Is Memorial Device, was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn and Collyer Bristow Prizes, and was a Book of the Month for Waterstones, Rough Trade and Caught by the River.

Category: Fiction
ISBN: 9780571340521
Publisher: Faber
Imprint: Faber Fiction
Pub Date: February 2020
Page Extent: 368
Format: Paperback - B format
Subject: Fiction & related items

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