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by Clare Boylan
The Irish writer Clare Boylan has been publishing compelling and captivating work for over twenty years. Though she is the author of six critically acclaimed novels, she remains one of the most original and exciting short-story writers of our time. Like Alistair MacLeod, Alice Munro, and her compatriot William Trevor, her stories are universal. Hers is an imagination that ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 26th 2002 by Counterpoint
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The introduction Ms. Boylan writes is wonderful. The short stories which follow, however, are merely average. She writes as if she's trying too hard to be meaningful. There were some moments of wonderful imagery, such as these lines from "Appearances": "A frond of rhubarb jam dangled through a hole in my toast. I sucked it through from underneath.". But, for me, these instances were few and far between.
Amazing writing by an amazing Irish author. I intend to read everything word she has ever written. So sad that she is gone and can give us no more wonderful writing. Boylan is not to everyone's taste but I loved her characters and their predicaments and would recommend her to anyone who loves good writing and wonderful stories with unforgettable characters. May be too dark for some but I loved these stories!