Told in the first person from the view point of 13-year old Jim Finnegan The Fields is a coming of age novel set in 1980’s Ireland. The period detail is impeccable. It is not a coming out novel. One of the central plot points is that Jim is raped (no sugar coated “molested” here) by the parish priest. The priest is a paedophile. Jim is straight. He has girl problems of his own, and family problems; five older sisters, a sick father, a worn mother – though refreshingly for a family tale set in Ireland no one’s problem is drink.
So far, so not gay. Continue reading