Synopses & Reviews
A teenager on the tram meets an old man claiming to be Jesus Christ. Six young women band together on a night prowl. A Filipino immigrant clashes with his eldest sister, who has brought him to Australia for a better life. And in a future where dogs have risen up against their owners, a mother is alarmed by her adolescent daughter’s behavior. Through such diverse characters, Paddy O’Reilly takes us into the fringes of human nature—our hidden thoughts, our darker impulses, and our unspoken tragedies. By turns elegiac and acerbic, but always acutely observed, Peripheral Vision
confirms O’Reilly as one of our most inventive and insightful writers.
“With an assured, unadorned style she delivers 18 gems in The End of the World, each of which gives you the vivid sense you’ve just become deeply acquainted with a complete stranger.” —Big Issue
“The End of the World is a collection of those [prize-winning] stories and should secure [O'Reilly's] reputation as one of our most interesting, if not best-known, literary talents.” —Australian Book Review
About the Author
is the author of the novels The Factory
, The Fine Colour of Rust
, and The Wonders
, the novella Deep Water
, and the short story collection The End of the World
. Her books have been short-listed for the ALS Gold Medal and the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, and her stories have been widely published and anthologized in Australia, Europe, and the United States.