Tom Phelan

Tom Phelan

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Tom Phelan was born and reared on a small farm in Mountmellick, Co. Laois, Ireland. He had just turned fifty when his first novel, “In the Season of the Daisies,” was accepted for publication in Dublin. One reviewer later wrote, "The most obvious question posed by a novelistic debut with as much resounding vigour as this is: Where has Mr. Phelan BEEN?" “In the Season of the Daisies” was later selected by Barnes and Noble for its Discover Great New Writers series and was a finalist for the Discover award. Since then, Tom has written the novels "Iscariot," "Derrycloney," "The Canal Bridge," "Nailer," and "Lies the Mushroom Pickers Told." These deal with such themes as Irish soldiers in World War I, returned emigrants, the abusive Irish industrial schools and the church-state collusion that allowed them to flourish, the priesthood, and life in rural Ireland in the mid-1900s. Tom Phelan’s most recent work, "We Were Rich and We Didn't Know It: A Memoir of My Irish Boyhood," was awarded a star by Kirkus Reviews, indicating a book of exceptional merit. Kirkus calls the memoir “A tender recollection of growing up on a farm in Ireland in the 1940s….A captivating portrait of a bygone time,” noting that “In precise, vibrant prose, novelist Phelan creates a finely etched portrait.” Newsday calls "We Were Rich" an "evocative memoir, with echoes of Frank McCourt." And according to the book blog For the Love of Books, “Phelan’s story is one of grace and beauty.” Tom Phelan now makes his home in New York. For more information, please see and
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