June 10, 2013
Like his National Book Award-winning "Let the Great World Spin," Colum McCann's new novel "TransAtlantic" interweaves multiple protagonists' voices, each spun off from actual historical events about Ireland.
McCann, who admits in a New York Times Magazine article that his "visions of Dublin" were guided entirely by his copy of "Ulysses," sets his book around the Emerald Isle's march toward an independent state. His narrative jumps from two bomber aviators in 1919 Newfoundland to Frederick Douglass' international lecture tour in 1845 to a senator in 1998 New York.
McCann will appear 8 p.m. Tuesday at Books and Books in Coral Gables. Free. 305-442-4408 or BooksandBooks.com.