The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story

The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story

by Anne Enright


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The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story by Anne Enright

Lyrical, dark, comic or iconoclastic, the Irish short story has always punched well above its weight. Anne Enright has brought together a dazzling collection of Irish stories by authors born in the twentieth century - from Mary Lavin and Frank O'Connor to Claire Keegan and Kevin Barry. With a pithy and passionate introduction by Enright, The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story traces this great tradition through decades of social change and shows the pleasure Irish writers continue to take in the short-story form. Deft and often devastating, the short story dodges the rolling mythologies of of Irish life to produce truths that are delightful and real.

Also includes stories by: Maeve Brennan, Roddy Doyle, Mary Lavin, Colum McCann, William Trevor, John McGahern, Colm Toibin, Claire Keegan and Kevin Barry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847082558
Publisher: Granta Books
Publication date: 04/05/2012
Edition description: General
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 495,806
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Anne Enright has published essays, a non-fiction book about motherhood, Making Babies, four novels and two books of short stories, The Portable Virgin and Taking Pictures. Her novel The Gathering won the Man Booker Prize in 2007.

Table of Contents

The Road to the Shore by Michael McLaverty
The Pram by Roddy Doyle
An Attack of Hunger by Maeve Brennan
Summer Voices by John Banville
Summer Night by Elizabeth Bowen
Music at Annahullion by Eugene McCabe
Naming the Names by Anne Devlin
Shame by Keith Ridgway
Memory and Desire by Val Mulkerns
The Mad Lamasneys by Frank O'Connor
Walking Away by Philip O Ceallaigh
Villa Marta by Clare Boylan
Lilacsby by Mary Lavin
Meles Vulgaris by Patrick Boyle
The Trout by Sean O Faolain
Night in Tunisia by Neil Jordan
Sister Imelda by Edna O'Brien
The Key by John McGahern
A Priest in the Family by Colm Toibin
The Supremacy of Grief by Hugo Hamilton
The Swing of Things by Jennifer C. Connell
Train Tracks by Aidan Matthews
See the Tree, How Big It's Grown by Kevin Barry
Visit by Gerard Donovan
Everything in this Country Must by Colum McCann
Curfew by Sean O'Reilly
Language, Truth and Lockjaw by Bernard MacLaverty
Midwife to the Fairies by Eilis Ni Dhuibhne
Men and Women by Claire Keegan
Mothers Were All the Same by Joseph O'Connor
The Dressmaker's Child by William Trevor

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The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used this book for a course I taught in Irish literature. The introduction by Anne Enright, the book's editor and a famous Irish short story story writer and novelist, provides an excellent overview to the collection. A book like this is the next best thing to visiting Ireland on one's own.
ceah More than 1 year ago
The stories are very interesting and give the reader a great view into Irish life. I am usually into a darker style of short stories but these are definitely worth checking out as well.