Emerald Underground

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A novel of maturity and rare beauty – by an author shortlisted for the 2000 Booker Prize.

Liam, a fallen angel with a bad track record, has arrived in America through the back door, an illegal immigrant stuck with the worst kind of job and a reputation for trouble. Forced on the run, he links up with another fallen star, a beautiful, pregnant girl called Angel. Hampered, yet spurred on, by Angel’s lowlife boyfriend, Liam finds the wide open spaces bring him a freedom not advertised by the immigration brokers back home, and the chance to run towards the life he had always dreamed of.

Michael Collins writes with his characteristic rawness and anger about the Irish in ’80s America. He brings a new poignancy to our understanding of the emigrant experience and of the loneliness of not belonging.

Reviews

Collins is undoubtedly an exciting talent, capable of writing razor-sharp prose and he has produced a gripping, stylish novel that deserves to be read
TLS
Collins is a considerable stylist . . . his prose has a thoughtful, sinewy quality, a kind of subliminal toughness of mind
TELEGRAPH
A style so arrestingly visual it hijacks the reader's concentration; dazzling with the energy and originality of the language
INDEPENDENT
Collins] is a stylist, blessed with the gift of having something worth saying
SCOTSMAN
One of the most exciting talents to have emerged not only in Ireland but anywhere in recent decades
Susan Hill, THE TIMES