Book of the Week: The Guts by Roddy Doyle

More than a quarter century after Roddy Doyle brought the rough streets of the Dublin enclave Barrytown alive in his breakout debut novel The Commitments, readers are returned to the story of Jimmy Rabbitte and the rhythms of Dublin Soul in The Guts. Jimmy is 47 years old now, and in treatment for bowel cancer, as his world — his work, his marriage, his family life, his finances — threaten to explode around him. It’s not really a laughing matter, but in Doyle’s hands, the darkest of human situations brims with hilarious, expansive life.