Welcome to the official website of Irish author James Lawless. James is the author of the well-received novels Peeling Oranges, For Love of Anna,The Avenue, Finding Penelope and Knowing Women. He has also written an acclaimed meditation on modern poetry, Clearing the Tangled Wood – Poetry as a Way of Seeing the World (2009) for which he received an arts bursary award. Clearing The Tangled Wood was released in paperback in 2011 and a debut collection of his poetry Rus in Urbe was published by Doghouse Books in May, 2012. His internationally acclaimed fourth novel, Finding Penelope about a woman’s growth in self-realisation and set amid the expat drug culture on the Spanish Costas, was published by Indigo Dreams in 2012. His much praised new novel Knowing Women, about a vulnerable man sexually blackmailed, was published in March 2013.
You can contact James via Facebook, Twitter, or through the Contact page. You can also find out more about James at Goodreads, on LinkedIn and on his Amazon author page or James | Irish Writers Online and James Lawless at The National Library of Ireland and James Lawless – Wikipedia,
NEWSFLASH: New novel American Doll just completed 74,000 words set in Ireland and USA about how 9/11 opens a can of worms on an Irish American Family. It is a sort of Irish Roots and should appeal to Irish and Irish Americans in particular and to people universally in the impact of 9/11.
When Laura Calane of New York comes to Ireland to further her studies and to live in what her father considers a safer environment after 9/11, she discovers that the land of her ancestors is not the haven she had believed it to be. When she meets social worker Danny Faraday, she is torn between her attraction towards him and the emotional blackmail of her uncle Thady who is domiciled in Ireland and who never lets her forget that he saved her father’s life in a terrorist attack in New York in 1993.
The story is about loss, losing someone as Con the firefighter did with his wife in 9/11; it’s also about hope, never giving up and knowing when to give up and let go, and how the process is in danger of repeating itself in the new generation with Laura his daughter going missing in Ireland, and Danny’s parents who were also lost at sea. It’s also about coming into maturity as in the case of Danny with the help of Laura suffering the grief, and Laura, her growing out of her family engendered chimeras