This is the first novel by John McGahern, originally published in 1963.
Elizabeth Regan, after years of freedom - and loneliness - marries into the enclosed Irish village of her upbringing.
The children are not her own; her husband is straining against his job in the police force; and her own life, threatened by illness, seems to be losing the last vestiges of its purpose.
Moving between tragedy and savage comedy, desperation and joy, "The Barracks" is a novel of haunting power.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 01/04/2009
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780571248827