Early on in Booking Passage, Thomas Lynch describes the quintessentially Irish funeral held for his cousin Nora Lynch, who died-compos mentis and full of vim until nearly the end-four months into her ninetieth year. Never married, Nora had lived in the family cottage in Moveen West, County Clare, her entire life, maintaining a few cows, chickens, and fields for decades-at first with her bachelor brother Tommy, and after his death on her...
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