The Nightingales of Troy
“Outstanding. . . . Alice Fulton reveals herself to be triumphantly at home in the short story.” —Boston Sunday Globe
Set in Troy, New York, this linked collection follows a quirky and resilient Irish-American family through the twentieth century.
"The world presented here is a dark one, punctuated as it is with madness, a drowning, hospitalization, unfulfilled desires, and an unhappy marriage, but realism is never used for the sake of preventing nostalgia, and never overwhelms. Moments of genuine humor are juxtaposed with seriousness. Though you may find yourself wishing the characters would emerge unscarred, happiness is not found in the avoidance of pain. It's found, wisely, in the midst of it—thr ...more
Fulton shows her characters' natur ...more
"Never a Dull Moment...What did people have against dull moments, anyway? The best things in life were dull."
"All education which does not soften the heart is wasted."
"Silence is so steadfast, you know. It is so ample, after all."
Ruth sometimes composed imaginary perfumes to put herself to sleep. Now she thought of a fragrance that smelled only of water, a perfume that had forgotten its flowers. Lethe. That's what she'd name it." (p. 246-247, "L'Air du Temps")
I should say I'm kind of uninterested in family epics in general - there always seems to be something strange about the fact tha ...more
I don't have many complaints about the writing - except that in the early stories - maybe the first 1/3 of the book, there would be a line here or there that strained the narrative. The wording would be a little too eccentric and I wasn't sure whether it was the character who had ...more