When Tom arrives home from Sarajevo a broken man, his friends Baz and Karl take it upon themselves to help, despite being completely out of their depth. They bring him to an experimental PTSD clinic in California but with their own problems to deal with, neither of them have a clue what they're doing. Devastatingly sad, bitterly funny and very readable, this is an emotionally affecting novel about war and grief, and about friendship - all it takes and all it gives us.
Recommended by Keith Sheridan, Dubray Stillorgan
After three years embedded in the Siege of Sarajevo, war correspondent Tom returns to Dublin a haunted shell of his former self. His childhood friends Karl and Baz know they're laughably unqualified to help him, but are determined to see him through the darkness. Together, they embark on a journey for an unlikely cure, to an experimental Californian clinic called Restless Souls. But as they try to save Tom from his memories, they must confront their own - of what happened to their childhood friend Gabriel. And in doing so, they must ask how their raucously funny teenage souls became weighed down - and why life got so damn complicated and sad. Restless Souls is about young men grappling with the aftermath of tragedy. Darkly comic and deeply moving, it's an extraordinary portrait of male friendship, the power of memory and what it means to come home.