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A maid in Manhattan; two mismatched tourists in Naples; a grieving couple in Cáceres; a pair of lovers searching for the right spot in Ireland. This collection of short stories, from one of Ireland's finest writers, is a glimpse into the thoughts and narratives of many.
In Joyride to Jupter a man watches his wife deteriorate into the folds of dementia and his heart breaks a little more each day. In Napoli Abú, the forced friendship between two women leads to the realisation that not every book can be judged by its cover. The family home is the subject of a rift between two brothers in Tinnycross and a seaside bench is the catalyst for friendship in Squidinky.
While each story is different to its predecessor, each tale has a powerful aftertaste.
There are nods to everyday life: homelessness, emigration, post-celtic-tiger losses, the scandals of the catholic church, infertility; some written in the present day; some in the past. The characters are ripe and bulbous, ready to hop into the readers consciousness, and take hold. Landscape and atmosphere are the focus of many stories and O'Connor describes the sky with fluid and memorizing clarity.
The collection contains tales of redemption, presumption, forgiveness and grief and the prose has a petal-like feel. These are delicate yet sturdy stories. Each one deserved of its place on the page.
There is something special to be found in each of the nineteen works and the characters stall in the readers minds, hanging on with determination. The pieces vary in length and depth yet are equal in their importance. This is a book that can be picked up, again and again, with the certainty of pleasure. Highly recommended.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nuala O’Connor AKA Nuala Ní Chonchúir was born in Dublin, she lives in East Galway. Her fifth short story collection Joyride to Jupiter appears from New Island in June 2017. Penguin USA, Penguin Canada and Sandstone (UK) published Nuala’s third novel, Miss Emily, about the poet Emily Dickinson and her Irish maid. Miss Emily was shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Energy Eason Book Club Novel of the Year 2015 and longlisted for the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award. Nuala’s fourth novel, Becoming Belle, will be published in 2018. www.nualaoconnor.co
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