Netherland (Compact Disc)
September 2009 Indie Next List
“Hans van den Broek, the narrator of Joseph O'Neill's rich, beautifully written novel, finds his life and his marriage breaking down in post-9/11 New York City. When Hans is drawn into the world of league cricket games, he begins a friendship with Chuck Ramkissoon, a Trinidadian expat and a somewhat delusional self-promoter and part-time gangster -- that helps carry him through the dark times. The pure voice of Hans rolls along so smoothly and precisely that, in the end, it is difficult to imagine Hans not at your side.”
— Ray Nurmi, Snowbound Books, Marquette, MI
October 2008 Indie Next List
“In a wonderful understated tone, Netherland tells the story of how Hans, a Dutch banker in New York, tries to cope in the city after his wife and son flee to the UK in the wake of 9/11. Unmoored, but still generous at heart, he is brought back to a sense of his life and choices thanks to the colorful characters of New York City and its vibrant cricket community.”
— Marie du Vaure, Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena, CA
About the Author
Joseph O'Neill was born in Ireland and raised primarily in Holland. He received a law degree from Cambridge University and worked as a barrister in London. He writes regularly "The Atlantic Monthly" and is the author of two previous novels, "This Is the Life "and "The Breezes, "and a family history, "Blood-Dark-Track, "which was a "New York Times "Notable Book. He lives with his family in New York City.
"From the Hardcover edition."