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Melding his native Irish sensibilities to those of his adopted west-coast Scotland, these tales attend to life?s big events: love and loss, separation and violence, death and betrayal. But the stories teem with smaller significant moments too ? private epiphanies, chilling exchanges, intimate encounters. Each of these extraordinary stories ? with their wry, self-deprecating humour, their elegance and subtle wisdom ? gets to the very heart of life.

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Overview

Melding his native Irish sensibilities to those of his adopted west-coast Scotland, these tales attend to life’s big events: love and loss, separation and violence, death and betrayal. But the stories teem with smaller significant moments too – private epiphanies, chilling exchanges, intimate encounters. Each of these extraordinary stories – with their wry, self-deprecating humour, their elegance and subtle wisdom – gets to the very heart of life.

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Editorial Reviews

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 • "Not since J.D. Salinger's For Esme With Love and Squalor have I enjoyed so much a collection of stories. I mean pleasure — real pleasure." —Paul Durcan, The Cork Examiner

 • "MacLaverty is one of the best practitioners of the genre we have." —New Statesman

 • "Beautifully constructed, minutely observed, filled with the poetry of longing, told with an economy and simplicity which makes their small tragedies even more powerful and moving... MacLaverty has created an imagined Ulster which can stand side by side with Joyce's Dublin. Long may he continue." —Guardian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781448113484
  • Publisher: Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/14/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 889,575
  • File size: 707 KB

Meet the Author

Bernard MacLaverty was born in Belfast in 1942. He worked as a lab technician in the anatomy department at Queen's University for 10 years before studying English and training as a teacher. In 1975 he went to live in Scotland with his wife, Madeline, and their four children. MacLaverty has published five collections of short stories - Secrets, A Time to Dance, The Great Profondo, Walking the Dog and Matters of Life&Death - and four novels: Lamb, Cal, The Anatomy School and Grace Notes, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award. He has written for radio, television and screen. His short film Bye Child won a BAFTA. He lives in Glasgow.

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