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Two destinations welcome the unfortunate birds at the chicken processing plant where Sean O'Grady works: "Fresh" and "Frozen." Sean punches the clock in "Fresh," blowing smoke rings in the refrigerated air and breathing in the smell of a million dead chickens. Such an endless procession of eviscerated fowl might dishearten the most stoic of men, but Sean takes it in stride.
Whatever small bit of fortune Sean may have enjoyed is about to disappear as quickly as his next paycheck when he learns that his brother, Archie -- a tough, violent and fearsome criminal -- has just been released from jail. Early. And much of the money he'd entrusted Sean to keep for him is long gone. Assuming he had plenty of time to replace Archie's stash and feeling the weight of a hundred dead chickens on his back, Sean fears an unanticipated and deadly reckoning, and panics.
A novel that tests the boundaries of brotherly love, seducing readers with its wit and ebullience, McNay's Fresh is a rollicking ride through a life of calamitous circumstance. With a voice that brings to mind Roddy Doyle's hapless heroes yet is uniquely his own, McNay has fashioned a new kind of Everyman -- one leaded with charm and the tenacious talent to survive. (Fall 2007 Selection)