Acclaimed as one of the funniest and most assured Irish novels of the last decade, An Evening of Long Goodbyes is the story of Dubliner Charles Hythloday and the heroic squandering of the family inheritance. Featuring drinking, greyhound racing, vanishing furniture, more drinking, old movies, assorted Dublin lowlife, eviction and the perils of community theatre, Paul Murray's debut novel is a tour de force of comedic writing wrapped in an honest-to-goodness tale of a man - and a family - living in denial . . .
"Paul Murray manages to fit a brilliant social novel in the small spaces of a farce, without ever losing his lightness of touch or his sense of humor. The result is something absolutely unique. Murray starts with Wodehouse (and does him proud), but ends somewhere entirely his own-somewhere very, very funny and surprisingly touching. I really love this book."
-Arthur Phillips, bestselling author of Prague
"A lyrical, satirical tour de force, a huge, hilarious elegy. A surreal and very funny festival of truths, fictions, luck, and love. How can this be a first novel? A triumph."
-Ali Smith, Booker Prize finalist and author of Hotel World
"One of the most entertaining and laugh-out-loud Irish yarns of recent years."
"The plot scuttles along with Wodehouse-like delirium. . . . Murray's clearly having fun, but beneath the bouncy tone he manages to weave real depth into the characters' relationships."
-Time Out (London)
"A hilarious, rich and satisfying novel."
-The Times Literary Supplement
"[A] comedy of the highest caliber."
-The Sunday Tribune (Ireland)