Pretend We’re Dead

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Cork City, summer of 1996. Ireland is on the cusp of the Celtic Tiger era, but for Odhran Canty and his friends – young, over-educated and under-employed – nothing much has changed. Call them slackers, grungers, Generation Xers: they hang out, kill time and wait for their lives to start, wondering when this economic miracle is going to trickle its way down to bottom-feeders like them.

A mixture of Douglas Coupland novel and Richard Linklater movie, Pretend We’re Dead is a snapshot of a few months in their lives. Like thousands back then, they’ve left college with a degree but not much of a clue. They waste time, read difficult books, watch too many movies, talk pretentious BS, drink too much. They dream of becoming comedians, writers or alternative DJs, while working in crappy McJobs or drawing the dole. Post-modern, post-Catholic, well-travelled and pop culture-addled, they’re amiable, ironic, self-absorbed, smart and stupid…but in a good way, like?

Peppered with distinctive Cork slang (boy), this funny, warm-hearted novel fondly remembers how things were back then, for bad and good. And the title refers to a grunge song about the apathy of Generation X. Oh well, whatever.

This book is available for submission to publishers.

Please email darraghmcmanus (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

Read the opening chapters here


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