Jul 122012

This is a debut collection of short stories by this Irish author, who was admired for her submissions to the Stinging Fly literary magazine, and then subsequently published this title through Stinging Fly Press. The stories center mainly around Irish rural themes and middle-aged people experiencing marriage and life crises.

Well-written, with a soft narrative style similar to Claire Keegan and William Trevor, there is, at times, a real beauty in the capture of characters. As the themes are quite similar, without the refreshment of more optimistic tones, perhaps it is a collection that can be enjoyed more by going back to the individual stories one at a time and appreciating them in a stand-alone environment. If you are looking for literary short stories along Irish themes, it is definitely going to deliver.

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