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The Irish: 3 novellas

The Irish: 3 novellas [Kindle Edition]

Eddie Stack

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“Variously fantastic, comic, elegiac and nostalgic, Mr. Stack’s fiction
is versatile and engaging...a vivid, compassionate, authentic voice...securing (him) a place in the celebrated tradition of his country's storytelling."
New York Times Book Review“

THE IRISH by Eddie Stack, is a collection of 3 novellas set in rural Ireland.
Simple Twist of Fate;
The Book
The Poet, The Psychic and The Knave

Three hilarious and heart-warming novellas, they shine a light on the hidden Ireland. We meet the hassled gentry, a young small town publican, and a poet, a psychic & and a knave.

“Eddie Stack has a way of making you laugh and cry at the same time...a great Irish storyteller.” Willy Vlautin, author of Lean on Pete, Motel Life and Northline

John and Mary Ross are titled Irish gentry, with a large estate and a low profile. They have two daughters, Penny and Maddy. Penny is a high-flying banker in Dublin, and has her eye on the family jewels. Her younger sister Maddy is an unmarried mother, gone eccentric since the birth of her child.

Maddy and her son Sam live in the servants’ quarters beside Rossmount House, and she caters to the needs of her parents, as if atoning for her fall from grace. It is rumoured that the father of Maddy’s son is a monk.

Apart from Lady Rosse’s binges on vodka or gin, Rossmount House is a tranquil place with plenty relics of old decency. Nobody expected the tremors that began when Penny brought home her future husband, Basil Sutton. There was something about Basil that put everything out of kilter.

Amazon reader Amy says of the novella: ‘lovingly crafted, like a fine tapestry... a microcosm of Ireland twined with threads of Greek myth.’

Kitty McEvoy has taught in a small town for thirty years. Since the day she arrived, she has lived in the same apartment across The Square from Flanagan’s Bar. Through the pub window, Mrs. Flanagan has a cat’s eye view of Kitty’s world and the several serious relationships the teacher has had down the years. She can list every one of her suitors, and is puzzled that Kitty cannot hold onto a man. Her son Tommy has a crush on Kitty since his schooldays and fantasizes about her while he works behind the bar. As a form of therapy, he decides to write a book, using the pub ledger to hold his thoughts.

When Mrs. Flanagan’s cousin, Delia Flynn, comes to teach at the school, she brings gossip about Kitty every now and then. The Flanagans’ view of Kitty's world expands. It's stranger than they had imagined, and Tommy’s book goes off on tangents. It's a soul-searching journey through prose, poetry and portraits, but he sticks with it. As the characters that orbit his life leave the book one by one, Tommy finds love and much more.

Out of touch for years, a poet and a psychic meet on an Irish country road, when he stops to give her a ride. Molly tells Paddy she now works for a psychic telephone line and is earning top money. He hears about the problems and dilemmas of her clients, and especially about Stanley, a dwarf with a Bono fetish.

A few months later Molly calls Paddy, and asks for help with a situation: Stanley has become a DJ and is doing a residency at a local resort. He wants to meet his psychic and the prospect is unsettling her. So she asks Paddy to be her escort. He agrees, and takes her to see the DJ. The meeting goes haywire and thus begins a love story and the bursting open of Stanley Huffington’s secret life.

Set in rural Ireland, Dublin, Barcelona and elsewhere, The Poet, the Psychic and the Knave, is a beautifully crafted novella. Told in alternating voices of the poet, psychic, dwarf and narrator, it a story with humor, poignancy and misguided redemption.

Amazon reader AnneDon says this is ‘an excellent short novel. Very enjoyable and good humoured - I'll look out for other work by this author.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 302 KB
  • Print Length: 149 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tintaun Media (17 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008WDL5JM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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More About the Author

Eddie Stack comes from the West of Ireland and is author of four books of fiction. An American Small Press of the Year Award recipient, he received a Top 100 Irish American Award in response to his first book, The West: Stories from Ireland. He won the Caomhnú Award for Fiction in 2009. His short story collections also include Out of the Blue and Quare Hawks. He is the author of Heads, a novel set in San Francisco and The Irish:3 Novellas (Simple Twist of Fate, "No,"She Said and The Poet, The Psychic and The Knave)

Eddie Stack's fiction is included in State of the Art: Stories from New Irish Writers; Irish Christmas Stories, The Clare Anthology and Fiction in the Classroom. His stories have also appeared in literary reviews Fiction, Confrontation, Whispers & Shouts and Criterion 83. He produced the first iPhone app of Irish fiction, spoken word, music song + art in March 2010.

Stories from The West, read by the author, with music by Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, have been read on radio worldwide. They are available for download at Eddie Stack teaches at UC Berkeley, California.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A World of Relationships 13 Feb 2014
By Sherry Perkins - Published on
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Weaved within the three novellas which make up this book, rests the quiet theme of longing, of fractured relationships, and of loving and dear connections. Each story deals with different dynamics of relationships with all its anxiety, nervousness, wonder, and love. “A Simple Twist of Fate” reflects husband, wife; mother, daughter; sisters; son and absent father; unmarried parents; grandson and grandfather; daughter and father; and even friends. “The Book” sucks you into mother and son; girlfriends; the town gossip and her suitors; childhood friends who become more; and a secret crush which is both lovely and heartbreaking. The last story also discusses relationship issues with neighbors, friends, hangers-on, dreamers, lovers, and even drunks. Although Eddie Stack’s famous zany, vivid, and colorful characters add zest, zing, and laughter to each story, I was pulled into the softer, subtle world of relationships, of desire, and of wonder. The longer stories allowed me to embrace the characters, to care for their journeys, to want to continue their stories and their lives long after the last period. I’m left to wonder, “What happens to Sam?” “Does he meet Nicholas?” “What about Julia and Tommy?” and “Does Stanley become Reverend Stanley?” As usual, one gets wrapped up in these imaginary lives. It’s another gem of a collection. I can read Eddie Stack’s books until my eyes fall out…then, I’d learn Braille simply to keep reading his work.
4.0 out of 5 stars a lively look at Ireland 19 Mar 2014
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Each story was unique and very interesting.Ireland is full of enchantment and wonder.Enjoyed the lively descriptions of the people and places.
5.0 out of 5 stars Visit with the Irish! 17 Mar 2014
By Terri T. - Published on
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"The Irish" - 3 Novellas by Eddie Stack:
- Simple Twist of Fate
- The Book
- The Poet, The Psychic and the Knave

As always, author Eddie Stack treated me to a journey, but this was a journey to settings which are not commonplace. I got an inside view of relationships in situations unfamiliar to me: three generations of the Ross family trying to co-exist at their family estate, Rossmount House; Tommy and his mother growing up inside a pub with friends and strangers coming and going; and Lisdoonvarna, which draws Paddy the poet, Molly the telephone psychic and "cracked, crazy" Stanley into a tangled, bizarre chain of events.

The stories came alive through the intricate relationships between the complex characters. In "Simple Twist of Fate," I was touched by the strong bond between Sam and his mother, while I was amused by grumpy Grandma and the contrast between the consistently annoying Basil and the likeable Nicholas. The importance of the women in Tommy's life, and how they influence his writing, made a lasting impression in "The Book." I also enjoyed the different perspectives in "The Poet, The Psychic and the Knave." Hearing from all sides made this story even more of a whirl wind!

I enjoyed this trip to the Irish countryside with its historic estates, lively pubs and colorful villages. The author also shares his deep affection for the Irish language by including some in the stories and making it an important aspect of "The Book."

Another lively, engaging and amusing book by Eddie Stack, "The Irish" is a treat of unpredictable characters in unexpected places.
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