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Anne Enright has assembled a rich new collection of 31
Irish short stories by authors born in the twentieth century – from
the classic short story of Frank O'Connor and Mary Lavin, to contemporary
writers like Aidan Mathews and Claire Keegan.
As with any collection such as this, there will be debate as to the omissions. Enright says that in the end she chose stories because she liked them and because she wanted "to put together a book that was varied and good to read, with a strong eye to the contemporary". She says “When there is much rubbish talked about a country, when the air is full of large ideas about what we are, or what we are not, then the writer offers truths that are delightful and small. We write against our own foolishness, not anyone else’s. In which case the short story is as good a place as any other to keep things real.” This collection, covering a wide range of subject matters, dodges the rolling mythologies of Irish life to produce truths that are delightful and real.
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