14.00 Saturday 23rd November 2019
Venue: Dingle Bookshop
Ian Maleney’s precise and poignant debut Minor Monuments is part memoir and part exploration; a portrait on his grandfather, John Joe, and his home-place in the rural midlands. Set around a small family farm on the edge of a Boora bog, a few miles from the River Shannon, Minor Monuments is a collection of essays unfolding from the landscape of the Irish midlands. Taking in the physical and philosophical power of sound and music, and the rippling effects of Alzheimer’s disease on a family, these dozen essays question the nature of home, memory and the complex nature of belonging.
Fintan O’Toole, Irish Times columnist, literary editor and drama critic for The Irish Times, for which he has written since 1988. After reading Minor Monuments he said ” … beautifully poised between vivid recollection of experience and subtle reflections on the nature of memory itself.”