The First Day (audiobook)

Read by Gerard Doyle
6.4 hrs • 6 CDs• 1 MP3 CD • Unabridged
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 10/24/17
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 10/24/17 9781538450369
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MP3 CD MP3-CDs: Come in a durable vinyl case similar to a dvd case. An index of contents and tracking information are included within the Mp3-CD format. MP3's can be played on any compatible CD player 
- 10/24/17 9781538450383
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Playaway Playaway: Playaway editions are a pre loaded audio device that is half the size of deck of cards. Simply plugin headphones and listen. 
- 10/24/17 9781538490136
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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A London Guardian Pick of Top 10 Books about Cheating

Set in Ireland and New York, a debut novel about an affair and its explosive consequences—the sins of the father visited on the son in unexpected and irreversible ways

Outside an east Belfast mission hall, pastor and family man Samuel Orr meets Anna, a young Beckett scholar. They embark on an intense, passionate affair, their connection fueled by their respective love of Christ and Beckett. When Anna becomes pregnant, the affair is revealed. The repercussions are slow to emerge but inescapable, and the fallout when it finally comes is shocking, cruel, and violent.

Over thirty years later, Sam, their son, is in New York, living a steady, guarded life, his childhood and family safely abandoned. But the sins of the fathers are visited often on their children, and the past crashes into his life as violently as in his youth. He is forced to confront the fears he has kept close all these years.

The First Day is the story of an affair and its consequences on family and on faith. It is an intense, questioning novel of the search to understand our origins and to free ourselves from the burdens of our early years.

Review Quotes

“Gerard Doyle dons his finest Belfast accent in narrating this intense and tangled story…The prose is poetic and wise, and Doyle’s clear and easy delivery ensures that every phrase, every paragraph, every Biblical quote has the sound and weight of an epiphany…Harrison’s novel of exceptional power and grace is read by an exceptional voice. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


“Filmic in its scope and intensity…The First Day explores the intersection of faith and sexuality and casts its Christian characters as intelligent and compelling, not caricatures. I hope we’re in for more from this striking new voice in fiction.”

Guardian (London)

“Written with burning intensity, this is a powerful novel about marriage, passion, anger, and guilt.”

Daily Mail (London)

“Hugely impressive. A finely written tale which is original, compulsive, and at times chilling.”

Irish Examiner

“Brilliantly written throughout…A truly excellent novel, on all counts…The way [Harrison] can express something essential, some truth that hasn’t occurred to you but makes total sense once it’s pointed out, is very impressive.”

Irish Independent

“Harrison writes well and brings Belfast and the sectarian conflict vividly to life.”

Catholic Herald

“Deeply disturbing, morally challenging…Harrison’s remarkable writing elevates a story that is all the more powerful for its eschewing of easy answers and resolution.”

Publishers Weekly

“Screenwriter Harrison’s absorbing debut will surprise readers with its ingenious plot twists and nuanced characters.”

Library Journal

“A quiet yet suspenseful look at the lasting repercussions of traumatic events…Harrison’s writing is lyrical and engaging throughout, and he does an excellent job of building tension.”


“Harrison’s elegant prose and deeply felt characters create a novel with a fiercely beating heart.”

Kirkus Reviews