Colin Coyne, an Irish-American from New York, heads to Dublin, Ireland to begin writing a screenplay. In the hope of writing about a man falling in love with an Irish woman and finding one himself, he meets Gina Furey when she attempts to steal his wallet. Colin finds himself involved with Gina, her kid, and her family.
This report prepared by Rachael
Washington Square, Dec 2000, 14.95, 480 pp.
New York filmmaker Colin Coyne visits Dublin seeking inspiration for his next project. He plans to make a movie starring an Irish-American from Queens, New York coming to Ireland in hopes of finally finding a woman to cherish, love, and marry just like his parents. Colin would not mind if his own life imitated the project.
During the Holy Hour at the Shelbourne, Gina Furey tries to pickpocket Colin. However, his butt remains a tad sensitive from his journey and he catches her. She turns the table on him by accusing the yank of a failed pick-up. She escapes into the night, but he feels he must find her. When he succeeds, an on again off again love affair starts with two conflicting lifestyles, her thieving background and his middle class American heritage at war.
FORK IN THE ROAD is an entertaining love story that will thrill fans of My Fair Lady and Pygmalion. The story line is fast-paced and filled with sass especially when Gina and her family steal the plot. Though Colin seems a bit pathetic and fails to gain reader empathy, he is the perfect straight man to Gina and her predatory brood. Denis Hamill switches gears from his thrillers and newspaper column to write an endearing, amusing, but often acerbic and melancholy tale of modern day cross star lovers.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner