Writer and musician Terence Patrick Winch is the Bronx-born son of Irish immigrants. Seeing-Eye Boy, his first novel, takes its subject matter from his gritty upbringing in the Irish ghetto. Winch has published eight books of poems, winning an American Book Award, the Columbia Book Award, and an NEA poetry fellowship along the way. He's also the author of two story collections. A founder of the original Celtic Thunder band, he wrote the group's best-known song, When New York Was Irish. Terence Winch is the former Head of Publications at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.
"I can still hear Matt Coffey's voice telling me his strategies for making lunch or owning up to his fears. Wise and wise-cracking, this book is about pride, bravery, loyalty, and love. When word gets out, parents will be sneaking this book off their kids' shelves." --novelist Mary Kay Zuravleff"Seeing-Eye Boy is not just the lyrically precise and definitive story of what it was like being a smart and sensitive Irish-American adolescent in the Bronx of the 1950s -- it's the lyrically precise and definitive story of what it's like being a smart and sensitive adolescent anywhere, anytime." --writer Michael Lally "When mythical Ireland jumped the big pond as a result of the potato famine and settled in the Bronx in New York City, magic and mystery inhabited brownstone buildings, hidden places behind billboards, and stoops beside stairs. In Terence Winch's new novel, Seeing-Eye Boy, Winch manages to step dance Irish magic into prose and tell a story of courage, family, and the changing of Irish culture into American culture. Young adults are going get excited about this story, guaranteed." --Thomas Davis, novelist and poet