Thomas Lynch

Booking Passage
  • Booking Passage

  • In February of 1970, Thomas Lynch, aged twenty-one, bought a one-way ticket to Ireland. He landed in the townland of Moveen, at the edge of the ocean in West Clare, outside the thatched cottage that his great-grandfather had left late in the nineteenth century with a one-way ticket to America. Tommy and Nora Lynch, Thomas Lynch's elderly, unmarried, distant cousins welcomed the young American 'home'. In the words of the author, 'it changed my life'.

    Booking Passage is part travelogue, part cultural study, part memoir and elegy, part guidebook for what Lynch calls 'fellow pilgrims' working their way through their own and the larger histories. It is a magnificent hymn of praise to Ireland.

Thomas Lynch is the author of a previous collection of essays, The Undertaking, which was shortlisted for the 1997 National Book Award, and two collections of poetry: Grimalkin & Other Poems (1994) and Still Life in Milford (1998). He lives and works in Milford, Michigan, where he is the funeral director, and in West Clare where he keeps an ancestral cottage.