The Good Son Review – Pank Magazine

A wonderful review of The Good Son by Cath Barton in Pank Magazine. You can read the whole thing here.

“Paul McVeigh navigates the choppy sea of Mickey’s shifting experiences and rapidly-changing emotions with skill and verisimilitude. (he) traces the physical geography of Ardoyne with as much precision as he depicts the geography of the human heart.  As a reader you run up and down those streets with Mickey, onto the wastelands where kids sniff glue and bombs explode unpredictably. He navigates the tricky first person narrative style with assurance and peoples the story with vivid characters… they step off the page…

Mickey Donnelly deserves to take his place in the litany of boy literary heroes. Paul McVeigh’s prose sings from page one in the accents of the North Belfast streets, and is rich in detail. While The Good Son does not have the same breadth, it has something of the spirit of Dickens or Zola, transformed for our times. Gritty realism with a human face. Not only is it hugely enjoyable, but it also conveyed to me more of the atmosphere of the Troubles than any number of factual accounts.”

Le Monde Reviews ‘Un bon garçon’

So it looks like Le Monde likes ‘Un bon garcon’ – that’s if google translate actually works lol…
“Paul McVeigh has written a first novel of beautiful generosity, poignant in this delicate manner in which he evokes the brutality of an era. Same (?) writing weaves around the “troubles” in Northern Ireland, the fabric of childhood and adolescence, finely restoring the path of Mickey: a striking fresco, mixing historical upheavals and hardships of a family shattered.”
Le Monde Des Livre Review