It’s 1969, the last summer of love.Moloney, O’Reilly and Gallagher – three Irish students yearning to break free from the shackles of strict, Catholic upbringings in the small university city of Galway – embark on a journey to New York under the guise of visiting relatives and searching for Maloney’s long lost aunt.
Summer work visas in hand, they quickly find odd jobs as construction hands, elevator operators and cockroach exterminators and become acquainted with the local bar scene – where they find it delightfully easy to meet girls ready to follow them home. As he revels in the novelty of the libertine American experience, Moloney struggles to keep feelings of Catholic guilt and thoughts of his Irish sweetheart at bay. When he learns that his aunt is alive, he sets out to find her in California and stumbles on a dark secret from her past that casts a new light on the meaning of love, morality – and freedom.
What began as a simple quest for sex and a good time proves life-changing and profound as Moloney discovers that with exhilaration comes disappointment and guilt – both fellow travellers of true love.
Just in time for Woodstock’s 50th celebration (August 15 – 18, 2019), Land of The Free: An Irish Odyssey in America by Tom Curtin will delight, surprise and entertain all those craving a taste of the era of peace and love, as well as those who find resonance with the Irish experience in America.
Praise for Land of the Free
“This coming-of-age adventure, about Irish boys visiting hot, post 1960’s New York, brims with naive high-spiritedness, moments of great poignancy and delightful irreverence.”
–Dr. David Michie, international bestselling author of The Dalai Lama’s Cat
“A riotously funny and unflinchingly honest account of Irish emigrants in 1960’s America. Unfiltered by nostalgia or false political correctness, Tom Curtin’s novel lays bare the fun, bawdiness, squalor and neurosis and ultimately some of the human tragedy that led to a revolution. A brilliantly executed Rabelaisian time capsule that captures an era as it truly was.”
–Aongus Collins, cartoonist and author of A History of Sex and Morals in Ireland
“This is a story about three young men who go in search of America and find much more than they ever imagined. Told with wit and insight, Tom Curtin’s novel gives a vivid portrayal of what it’s like to be young, hopeful and live in a changing world.”
–Professor Jon Cook, Director of Creative and Performing Arts, University of East Anglia
About the Author
Tom Curtin is founder Crisis Consulting, a reputation and crisis management firm in London serving major corporations and business schools. The author of two books on reputation management, he is a frequent lecturer on the topic. Over the course of his varied career he has also been a newspaper owner, a restaurateur and founder of two PR companies. Tom earned degrees in physics and math from the National University of Ireland in Galway, and today divides his time between London and Rome. Land of the Free: An Irish Odyssey in America, is his first novel.
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