In Houlihan’s Wake, a young Irishman goes to Playa Chisme, on the Pacific coast of Mexico, determined to die, and determined to do so in a beautiful setting. But can Houlihan’s death-wish do its worst in such a life-affirming place, where the lifeguards are adamant that nobody shall turn their massive party to celebrate a whole year without anyone drowning in Playa Chisme's lethal rip-tides into someone else’s pitiful wake?
Houlihan’s Wake is accompanied by further stories and poems set in “Playa Chisme” and elsewhere in the country to provide a rich array of fragments of Mexico.
Number One in Goodreads’ Listopia: “Books Set in Mexico”.
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This short e-book is what it says in the description: a collection of stories and poems set in Mexico. The stories are set on the Pacific Coast (I would guess that “Playa Chisme” is really Puerto Escondido or Zipolite); the poems cover other parts of Mexico as well. I particularly like the title story and a little gem called “White Whale Island”, but not all the others match those two. The author’s own notes added to my enjoyment.
A fine collection of Mexico-themed short stories and poems. The stories set on the Pacific coast are decidedly more positive than Murphy's usual rather dark output, or indeed than the poems here. They repay more than a quick read, and I hope there will be more of Houlihan.