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Netherland

Netherland

Lost in a country he’d regarded as his new home, Hans sought comfort in a most alien place - the thriving but almost invisible world of New York cricket, in which immigrants from Asia and the West Indies play a beautiful, mystifying game on the city’s most marginal parks. It was during these games that Hans befriended Chuck Ramkissoon, who dreamed of establishing the city’s first proper cricket field. Over the course of a summer, Hans grew to share Chuck’s dream and Chuck’s sense of American possibility - until he began to glimpse the darker meaning of his new friend’s activities and ambitions…

Netherland is a novel of belonging and not belonging, and the uneasy state in between. It is a novel of a marriage foundering and recuperating, and of the shallows and depths of male friendship. 

About the Author

Joseph O’Neill

Joseph O’Neill was born 1964 in Cork, and is an Irish lawyer, novelist and non-fiction writer.

O'Neill's novel Netherland was awarded the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and was longlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize. 

Before Netherland O’Neill had written two previous novels, This Is The Life and The Breezes, and a memoir, Blood Dark Track. His most recent book, The Dog, is longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014.

O'Neill also writes literary and cultural criticism, most regularly for the Atlantic Monthly.

Since 1998 he has lived in New York City.