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No Never No More

Michael J. Malone

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Declan Coulter – a hard-living, rugby-playing product of a broken home on Manhattan’s Avenue A – has trashed the four main relationships in his life, leaving him alone and miserable in the dank Alphabet City tenement where he’s spent his entire life.MoreDeclan Coulter – a hard-living, rugby-playing product of a broken home on Manhattan’s Avenue A – has trashed the four main relationships in his life, leaving him alone and miserable in the dank Alphabet City tenement where he’s spent his entire life. After a brutal bender plummets him to a harrowing left-for-dead rock bottom, Declan – who pens a popular and oddly autobiographical children’s book series called Honey Bunny while trying in vain to write his debut novel – sets out to repair each relationship, marked by an index card featuring the estranged person’s name, before his 30th birthday arrives. His uncanny knack for making the wrong decision – involving women, alcohol and the more pernicious substances available in his as-yet ungentrified neighborhood’s darker corners – threatens his grand plan, as do his ill-tempered, Belfast-reared mother, his unnerving best friend and rugby teammate Gabby, who takes delight in messing with Declan’s mind, and the escalating fear that his despised ex-love Tisa is carrying a secret that will link them for life.Other goals Declan is shooting for before reaching 30: completing the novel, as well as what he disdainfully calls his “half-a-tat”— an unfinished tattoo of an Irish harp that represents both his fear of needles and his inability to complete tasks.Set in New York in 1999, No Never No More is a darkly funny novel about guyhood, being Irish-American, rugby, relationships, the agony (and ecstasy) of excess, and a neighborhood – and city – on the cusp of momentous change.