Over the course of an evening, Maurice Hannigan sits on a bar stool in the local hotel in his small Irish town and raises a glass to the 5 people who meant the most to him in his long life. Through the stories he tells, we see his from poverty to a wealthy man; we see the story of the town and the changes that he has seen and has effected; and we see his triumphs, his failures, and his profound loneliness.

I listened to this marvelous book, and the Irish brogue coupled with Maurice’s turn of phrase certainly enhanced the experience.