The Collected Stories

The Collected Stories

by Clare Boylan


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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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582432618
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 09/26/2002
Pages: 412
Product dimensions: 5.03(w) x 7.99(h) x 1.04(d)

About the Author

Employing her knack for research, her love of the Victorian novel, and her connection to kindred literary spirit Charlotte Brontë, award-winning Irish journalist and novelist Clare Boylan (1948- 2006) accomplished the formidable task of actually "finishing" Brontë's novel Emma Brown. It was the crowning achievement of her distinguished literary career.


County Wicklow, Ireland

Date of Birth:

April 21, 1948

Date of Death:

May 16, 2006

Place of Birth:

Dublin, Ireland

Place of Death:

Dublin, Ireland


"Graduate of the Dublin School of Journalism, and a victim of assorted Irish convent schools."

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Deborah Moggach

Truly wonderful stories. The words sing on the page. Clare Boylan is in a league of her own.

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