O'Brien anatomises with a forensic eye the yearning for love ...these stories [have] extraordinary power. (Matthew Dennison The Times
Every one of the stories included is a shining example of a master at work. (Lucy Scholes Observer
Edna O'Brien is one of those writers who are masters of the art of the short story as well as of the novel ... perfectly pitched passages, beautiful, layered with meaning and powerfully evocative, abound in these stories. O'Brien has the finely turned sensibility of the greatest artists - there is often a Mozartian flow to her work. Precisely the right words are shaped into perfect sentences and perfect narratives, which perform their magical alchemy in the reader's soul. There is something miraculous about it all ... As well as being an intensely enjoyable book, it is a very important publication in the history of Irish literature: the selected stories of one of the major writers of our era
... this is an outstanding collection. (Eilis Ni Dhuibhne Irish Times
A stubbornly resilient and defiantly individual talent. (Joyce Carol Oates Times Literary Supplement
A stunning collection of short stories from Edna O'Brien, spanning five decades.