- Publisher: La Muse Books
- Published: March 6, 2017
A Brave Man Dead is a novel about an Irish boy becoming a young man.
The novel is narrated by Lorcan Devine through language very much his own.
Like all teenage narrated novels Lorcan tries to figure out what the hell is going on around, in and to him.
Of his many personal epiphanies he has recently become fully aware of the inadequate role his mother has played and plays in his short life.
Both she and his many siblings “lecture” him on how to live after the early death of his father.
Acceptance arrives by way of paternal paganism and in the end Lorcan decides what to do when tragedy hits home.
I was inspired to write A Brave Man Dead when my Dad died, even though I had the title maybe five years before that.
It took the death of my father to get it going, and that book was in a way the beginning of a healing for that young Irish kid, even if there are a lot of invented things in it.
As Stegner once put it, we’re all writing to write away emotional scars.