The Irish Goodbye
by George Hawkins
This bittersweet coming-of-age tale harkens back to the mean streets of Albany, New York. The protagonist, Brian Reilly, maturing from childhood to adolescence, passes through a tumultuous period of disillusionment, betrayal, and finally redemption. His beliefs and trust are reaffirmed by a crippled outcast who saves his life and teaches him to look below the surface of things.