“A great rattlebag of a novel, Restless Souls turns genre inside out. At turns comedic, at turns literary, at turns thriller, at turns philosophical, it never stops being a page-turner. Mixing humour with its attendant darkness, Sheehan postulates that we all must eventually face our own history. Ultimately this is a road journey into memory.”
—Colum McCann, author of the National Bestseller Let The Great World Spin
“Restless Souls is a hilariously shambolic road trip, a moving, freaked out, at times bruisingly mordant examination of the purgatorial agonies of PTSD, and above all a bawdy, alive, profane panegyric to the indissoluble bonds of friendship.” —Colin Barrett, author of Young Skins, National Book Award 5 Under 35 Honoree, and Winner of the Guardian First Book Award
After three years under siege in Sarajevo during the Bosnian War, Tom returns home to Dublin a brittle, haunted shell of his former self, suffering from severe PTSD. Knowing they’re unqualified to help their best friend, yet determined to somehow see him through the darkness, Karl and Baz decide to take Tom on a bold journey for an unlikely cure on the other side of the world, an experimental PTSD clinic on the California coast called Restless Souls.
A darkly funny and tremendously moving meditation on friendship, grief, and the ravages of war, Restless Souls reveals the way our memories simultaneously comfort us while restricting us from growing up and moving on.
DAN SHEEHAN received his MFA from University College Dublin, and his fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous American, British, and Irish newspapers and journals, including TriQuarterly, Guernica, Electric Literature, The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, Notes From The Underground, and Icarus. He currently works as an editor at LitHub, and lives with his wife, the writer Tea Obreht, in New York.