A stunning debut novel about war and loss, male friendship and the power of home.
'RESTLESS SOULS turns genre inside out . . . it never stops being a page-turner' Colum McCann
After three years embedded in the Siege in Sarajevo, war correspondent Tom returns to Dublin a haunted shell of his former self. Laughably unqualified, but determined to see him through the darkness, his childhood friends Karl and Baz embark on a journey for an unlikely cure, to an experimental Californian clinic called Restless Souls. But as they try to save Tom from his memories, they are forced to confront their own - of what happened to the lost member of their group, Gabriel.
'Ambitious, rambunctious and extremely accomplished' Sunday Times
'A bawdy, alive, profane panegyric to the indissoluble bonds of friendship' Colin Barrett
'The funniest sad book I've read in a long time' J. Robert Lennon
'A tender, banter-filled debut' Daily Mail
'Sheehan is a brave new voice in fiction, fusing comedy and heart to explore a friendship transformed by trauma' Alexandra Kleeman
Ambitious, rambunctious and extremely accomplished . . . full of vibrant wise-cracking energy, can turn on a dime into a controlled lyricism befitting serious subjects such as PTSD, mental health and the nature of masculinity - SUNDAY TIMES
RESTLESS SOULS is a hilariously shambolic road trip, a moving, freaked out, at times bruisingly mordant examination of the purgatorial agonies of PTSD, and above all a bawdy, alive, profane panegyric to the indissoluble bonds of friendship - Colin Barrett, author of YOUNG SKINS, Winner of the Guardian First Book Award
At turns comedic, at turns literary, at turns thriller, at turns philosophical, RESTLESS SOULS never stops being a page-turner . . . A great debut
A terrific debut novel, bold and wise, each page lit with wit and with feeling.
- Jonathan Lee, author of HIGH DIVE
Dan Sheehan received his MFA from University College Dublin. His writing has appeared in the IRISH TIMES, the LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS, GUERNICA, TRIQUARTERLY, WORDS WITHOUT BORDERS, BOMB, and ELECTRIC LITERATURE, among others. He currently works as an editor at Literary Hub and lives with his wife Tea Obreht in New York. RESTLESS SOULS is his first novel.