First published in Paris in 1955, and originally banned in the United States, J. P. Donleavy's first novel is now recognized the world over as a masterpiece and a modern classic of the highest order. Set in Ireland just after World War II, "The Ginger Man" is J. P. Donleavy's wildly funny, picaresque classic novel of the misadventures of Sebastian Dangerfield, a young American ne er-do-well studying at Trinity College in Dublin. He barely has time for his studies and avoids bill collectors, makes love to almost anything in a skirt, and tries to survive without having to descend into the bottomless pit of steady work. Dangerfield's appetite for women, liquor, and general roguishness is insatiableand he satisfies it with endless charm.
About the Author
J.P. Donleavy is the author of "The Ginger Man" and most recently "The Lady Who Liked Clean Restrooms," A Bronx, New York native, he now lives in Dublin Ireland.
Jay McInerney is the author of seven novels including Brightness Falls and Bright Lights, Big City. He has also published a collection of short stories, How It Ended, and two books on wine. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times Book Review, the Guardian Weekly, and Corriere della Sera. He lives in New York City and Bridgehampton, New York.