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Publisher Comments:

Two decades of short fiction from a great Irish storyteller: "An imagination that transmutes reality into the stuff of magic." — Sunday Telegraph.

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 is able, magically and marvelously, to transform everyday experience into something quite unexpected.

As perceptive as Colette, as darkly witty as Dorothy Parker, she waves a flag for the dispossessed and the marginalized and gleefully pulls love from behind its romantic façade. She makes the reader laugh out loud while at the same time compelling an uncomfortable self-examination. Plumbing the inner workings of marriage, aging, family dynamics, and the cost of love, her richly sardonic humor and acutely merciless observations may seem gentle, but look again, for they are edged with razors.

Celebrating twenty years of rare accomplishment, The Collected Stories introduces American readers to a luminous and unforgettable writer of short fiction.

Review:

"[A] pleasing showcase for [Boylan's] quirky plotting and deceptively simple, smooth prose style....Her odd, conceptual approach to the art of the short story is something of an acquired taste, but these tales trace the development of her Patricia Highsmith-like tone and meticulous storytelling....[S]he is an appealing and idiosyncratic chronicler of the quirks and foibles of the Irish working class." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"You could say that Boylan's stories talk to one another but argue with themselves, straining to make too many points and to create too many effects. They work best when pinned to clear ambivalences — the tragicomic or the bittersweet. The later stories, in particular, lead us into familiar scenarios only to spring the best of dramatic twists." Lavinia Greenlaw, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Glimmering, lyrical prose." Observer (London)

Review:

"Prolific, flexible, and unquestionably talented, but Boylan doesn't aspire to much. Her own introduction says it best: 'In my short stories, dreams are fragile gladiators in an arena of hoary old lions of reality.'" Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Truly wonderful stories. The words sing on the page. Clare Boylan is in a league of her own." Deborah Moggach, author of Tulip Fever

About the Author

Clare Boylan is the author of three volumes of short stories and six novels, the most recent being Beloved Stranger. She lives in Ireland.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Housekeeper's Cut 1 The Wronged Wife 17
Bad-Natured Dog 26
Appearances 38
Some Retired Ladies on a Tour 51
Edna, Back From America 67
My Son the Hero 74
A Funny Thing Happened 80
You Don't Know You're Alive 92
The Picture House 106
Affairs in Order 118
A Particular Calling 129
Technical Difficulties and the Plague 143
The Little Madonna 154
L'Amour 163
Ears 182
The Stolen Child 190
It's Her 201
Life on Mars 210
The Secret Diary of Mrs. Rochester 217
That Bad Woman 226
Poor Old Sod 235
Villa Marta 241
The Miracle of Life 250
The Spirit of the Tree 261
A Little Girl, Never Out Before 268
To Tempt a Woman 284
Thatcher's Britain 291
Horrible Luck 302
Confession 311
Concerning Virgins 316
Gods and Slaves 324
Perfect Love 331
A Reproduction 340
A Nail on the Head 346
Mama 360
The Complete Angler 371
A Model Daughter 381
Publication Sequence 395

Product Details

ISBN:
9781582432618
Preface by:
Boylan, Clare
Publisher:
Counterpoint LLC
Author:
Boylan, Clare
Location:
Washington, D.C.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Ireland
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Ireland Social life and customs.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
1083
Publication Date:
October 15, 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in 13.9 oz

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Product details 416 pages Counterpoint Press - English 9781582432618 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] pleasing showcase for [Boylan's] quirky plotting and deceptively simple, smooth prose style....Her odd, conceptual approach to the art of the short story is something of an acquired taste, but these tales trace the development of her Patricia Highsmith-like tone and meticulous storytelling....[S]he is an appealing and idiosyncratic chronicler of the quirks and foibles of the Irish working class."
"Review" by , "You could say that Boylan's stories talk to one another but argue with themselves, straining to make too many points and to create too many effects. They work best when pinned to clear ambivalences — the tragicomic or the bittersweet. The later stories, in particular, lead us into familiar scenarios only to spring the best of dramatic twists."
"Review" by , "Glimmering, lyrical prose."
"Review" by , "Prolific, flexible, and unquestionably talented, but Boylan doesn't aspire to much. Her own introduction says it best: 'In my short stories, dreams are fragile gladiators in an arena of hoary old lions of reality.'"
"Review" by , "Truly wonderful stories. The words sing on the page. Clare Boylan is in a league of her own."
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