Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Boatman and Other Stories” as Want to Read:
The Boatman and Other Stories
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Boatman and Other Stories

by
4.79  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  4 reviews
I know of no writer on either side of the Atlantic who is better at exploring the human spirit under assault than Billy OCallaghan.Robert Olen Butler

The prizewinning Irish short-story writer and author of the highly praised novel, My Coney Island Baby, delivers his most accomplished book of short fiction to datea poignant story collection that grips from the opening page
...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by Harper
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Boatman and Other Stories, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Boatman and Other Stories

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-39
Average rating 4.79  · 
Rating details
 ·  14 ratings  ·  4 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of The Boatman and Other Stories
Cecily
Quiet tragedy often hides in the comfort blanket we mislabel contentment.
Yet beauty can reside amid more obviously painful and viscerally horrific tragedies.
These 12 stories deftly, sometimes agonising, but always exquisitely, explore both sorts of tragedy.
Melancholy seeps through the pages like Irish mist.
But theyre enfolded in the natural beauty of the world around - a counterpoint to pain.

Ultimately, the tales are life-affirming, even as the tears fall (and they did in one).

There are no
...more
Fictionophile
Twelve outstanding and often poignant stories from one of Ireland's master storytellers. The stories cover a wide range of topics, but many deal with tragic situations, regret, death, and loss.

My favourite story in the collection was "Beginish", a tragic tale that because of its imagery, will remain with me for a long, long, time.

When I find myself constantly highlighting passages when I am reading, I always know that I'm indulging in high quality, literary fiction.

Highly recommended to all
...more
Mary
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stunning. I discovered O'Callaghan's books last year and as impressive as they've been, this one is in my opinion the best yet. The dust jacket describes these stories as "quietly dazzling, carefully crafted", and that's the truth. This collection shows a writer in great control. Sentence for sentence, O'Callaghan is as good as anyone. There are no gimmicks or tricks. The stories are serious and make for hard reading at times but they are also beautiful and very moving. It's difficult to pick ...more
Wes
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: irish-lit
3.5 stars . I had been counting down the days to get my hands on this book. Beautifully written as you would expect but it didn't move me like his other writings did . Twelve short stories my favourite being Death in the Family , but it had already appeared in a different collection of stories.
Wan
rated it it was amazing
Jan 31, 2020
Roisin Healy
rated it really liked it
Jan 21, 2020
Anthea Batsakis
rated it it was amazing
Mar 27, 2020
Cw
rated it it was amazing
Jan 21, 2020
Edwina Daly
rated it it was amazing
Mar 14, 2020
Dougie
rated it it was amazing
Mar 16, 2020
Pat O'Connor
rated it really liked it
Jan 27, 2020
Peg
rated it it was amazing
Feb 14, 2020
Jennifer
rated it it was amazing
Feb 25, 2020
Mal
rated it it was amazing
Feb 11, 2020
Sharon Maerten-Moore
marked it as to-read
Mar 22, 2020
Brenda
marked it as to-read
Mar 28, 2020
Billy O'Callaghan
Apr 22, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Karen
marked it as to-read
Jul 14, 2019
Diane S ☔
marked it as to-read
Jul 31, 2019
Linda Shepherd
marked it as to-read
Aug 02, 2019
James
marked it as to-read
Aug 07, 2019
AJ Strosahl
marked it as to-read
Nov 18, 2019
Kerry
marked it as to-read
Dec 13, 2019
Cory
marked it as to-read
Dec 26, 2019
Kuheli De
marked it as to-read
Dec 31, 2019
Georgia Holmes
marked it as to-read
Jan 08, 2020
Ted Farrell
marked it as to-read
Jan 09, 2020
Geraldine Geasley
marked it as to-read
Jan 09, 2020
Janet
marked it as to-read
Jan 12, 2020
Jenny Traynor
marked it as to-read
Jan 12, 2020
Tom Duffy
marked it as to-read
Jan 12, 2020
Catherine Nipps
marked it as to-read
Jan 12, 2020
Eric
marked it as to-read
Jan 12, 2020
Connor
marked it as to-read
Jan 12, 2020
Annelies
marked it as to-read
Jan 12, 2020
Olive Joyce
marked it as to-read
Jan 14, 2020
Patrick Dinneen
marked it as to-read
Jan 14, 2020
Marita Kavanagh
marked it as to-read
Jan 14, 2020
Phyllis Boumans
marked it as to-read
Jan 16, 2020
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The American Girl
  • The End of the Affair
  • The Tenth Muse
  • The Country Girls (The Country Girls Trilogy, #1)
  • Rewind
  • In the Forest
  • Tatty
  • Saints and Sinners
  • The Narrow Land
  • The Women of the Copper Country
  • Dinosaurs On Other Planets
  • Midnight Chicken: & Other Recipes Worth Living For
  • The Power and the Glory
  • The Deep Dark Descending (Detective Max Rupert, #4)
  • Vineland
  • Dombey and Son
  • Little Dorrit
  • Middlemarch
See similar books…
203 followers
Billy O'Callaghan was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1974. His books include the short story collections: In Exile (2008, Mercier Press), In Too Deep (2008, Mercier Press), and 'The Things We Lose, the Things We Leave Behind' (2013, New Island Books/2017, CITIC Press, China); and a novel: 'The Dead House' (2017, O'Brien Press/Arcade, USA).

His latest novel, 'My Coney Island Baby', was published in 2019
...more

Related Articles

Diverse voices and sparkling debuts dominate today's contemporary short story collections. For this roundup, we took a look at the ...
70 likes · 6 comments