Friends "Reading Between the Spines Book Club" discussion

  • July 21, 2022
  • Weyers-Hilliard Branch Library in Howard

Did Ye Hear Mammy Died by Seamus O'Reilly

From Little, Brown and Company, "An instant bestseller in Ireland, 'Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?' is a book about a family of loud, argumentative, musical, sarcastic, grief-stricken siblings, shepherded into adulthood by a man whose foibles and reticence were matched only by his love for his children and his determination that they would flourish".

From Patrick Radden Keefe, New York Times bestselling author of “Say Nothing” and “Empire of Pain”, “In this joyous, wildly unconventional memoir, Séamas O’Reilly tells the story of losing his mother as a child and growing up with ten siblings in Northern Irland during the final years of the Troubles as a raucous comedy, a grand caper that is absolutely bursting with life.” 

O’Reilly’s mother died when he was five, leaving him, his 10 (!) brothers and sisters, and their beloved father in their sprawling bungalow in rural Derry. It was the 1990s; the Troubles were a background rumble, but Séamas was more preoccupied with dinosaurs, Star Wars, and the actual location of heaven than the political climate.

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