I hold Desmond Hogan in very high esteem. I have done about twenty posts on his short stories. The Ikon Maker is his first novel. For the work of a young man, twenty six, it is amazing for its profound insights and the beauty of the prose. I read it twice. Once in a kindle edition and once in a traditional book.
I think most readers of this novel will before they begin think it is a coming out story of a young Galway man. It is this but it is much more. It is the story of a woman who loses her husband and her son.
You should read The Ikon Maker as soon as you can.
Please excuse this short post, I am a bit under the weather.