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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 ...
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.
Author Biography: Clare Boylan is the author of three volumes of short stories and six novels, the most recent being Beloved Stranger. She lives in Ireland.
|The Wronged Wife||17|
|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|
|The Stolen Child||190|
|Life on Mars||210|
|The Secret Diary of Mrs. Rochester||217|
|That Bad Woman||226|
|Poor Old Sod||235|
|The Miracle of Life||250|
|The Spirit of the Tree||261|
|A Little Girl, Never Out Before||268|
|To Tempt a Woman||284|
|Gods and Slaves||324|
|A Nail on the Head||346|
|The Complete Angler||371|
|A Model Daughter||381|