O'Neill is the Irish literary talent who penned Netherland, a story narrated by a man living in downtown Manhattan during the time of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Netherland was described by The New York Times Book Review as "the wittiest, angriest, most exacting and most desolate work of fiction we've had about life in New York and London after the World Trade Center fell." The novel was included in The New York Times publication 10 Best Books of 2008 and earned the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award.
Netherland was also nominated for the Man Booker Prize and the Warwick Prize for Writing, but O'Neill's accomplishments are not limited to one publication. His writing ranges from nonfiction to journalism to literary and cultural criticism. His nonfiction book Blood-Dark Track: A Family History was a New York Times "Notable Book" in 2002, and it was named Book of the Year by both the Economist and the Irish Times.
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Written by: Jennifer Dick '10
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