It’s quite a moment. I’m trying to savor it and reflect on its meaning.
Tonight, 3/17 became the first of my books to be named a No. 1 bestseller. It happened on Amazon France. The book capped the Top 100 English language humor books.
Wow! No. 1!
This book made it onto Amazon U.S.’s Top 100 Bestsellers list in May 2011 and has received some rave reviews since it debuted in 2010.
From an Irish reader: “The novel is a razor sharp witted, psycho social, mystical and musical evisceration of some of the excessive over indulgencies of Hiberno Americana. “3/17” should be required reading for anyone even contemplating visiting the eastern seaboard of America during the madness of the Irish marching season of March. So, if you’re Irish, or think that you might be, or simply just find Irish people to be very amusing – then you need to read this book. Warning: you will never look at corned beef and cabbage the same way again!”
From an American reader: One of the funniest books I ever read in my life–and I am hard to please. It’s right up there with “Lucky Jim” and “Whisky Galore.” Mary Pat certainly knows her way around Irish music and Irish musicians, and she can spin a yarn with the best of them–Dante included. A band of traditional Irish musicians gets lost on the way to a St. Patrick’s Day gig in upstate New York and spends the next few days trying to get back to reality. On the way, they encounter pukas, little girl step dancers, tyrannical Comhaltas session players, clueless and keyless singers of “Danny Boy,” and even Danu herself (maybe…), all the while defending themselves from offerings of corned beef and cabbage by the locals. The structure of the story is frankly, and with tongue-in-cheek apologies, taken from The Inferno, but the style is completely picaresque. The climax is a hallucinatory brawl featuring all the characters the band has encountered, and ending with an epiphanic parody so hilarious that I couldn’t catch my breath for several minutes, I was laughing so hard. A novel Flann O’Brien would have been proud to write.
Do you know someone who’s a fan of traditional Irish music? Was your friend caught up in the Riverdance craze? Have a friend who’s a fan of wild parody? Consider buying a copy of 3/17 for this Christmas.
Amazon U.S. paperback / Kindle
Amazon UK paperback / Kindle
Amazon France paperback / Kindle
Amazon Germany paperback / Kindle
Amazon Spain paperback / Kindle
Amazon Italy paperback / Kindle
Amazon Japan paperback / Kindle
Amazon Brazil / Kindle
Amazon Canada / Kindle
Smashwords all digital formats
Barnes & Noble paperback / Nook