The Visitors by Patrick O'Keeffe | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

Author Patrick O’Keeffe, whose critically acclaimed debut collection of novellas The Hill Road won the Story Prize in 2005, released his first novel,The Visitors, this March 13. Inspired by the places O’Keeffe knows well, the story traces the journey of immigrant James Dwyer from rural Ireland to the U.S., with a visit to the Hudson Highlands as the setting for the book’s conclusion.

Visited by the past

Like O’Keeffe, The Visitors narrator James grew up on a farm in rural County Limerick, worked as a bartender in Dublin, moved to Boston, studied in Ann Arbor, Mich., and spent time in the Hudson Valley, though O’Keeffe is quick to clarify that while many of the places in the book are very real, the plot and characters are not.