A Joyful Book for a Dour Year

Leonard and Hungry Paul | Rónán Hessian | Melville House

By Dorian Stuber

The Irish writer Rónán Hession’s debut novel Leonard and Hungry Paul is the funniest, kindest, and wisest book I’ve read in ages. Imagine Anita Brookner’s shrewdness without her cruelty, and you might have something like its opening sentence: 

Leonard was raised by his mother alone with cheerfully concealed difficulty, his father having d…

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