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This review is from: Walking Wounded (Paperback)
This book was published in 1989 and contained 20 short stories, the author's first published collection.
The writer's best known for works set in or around contemporary Glasgow. The pieces here portrayed people stuck in dead-end jobs, marriages or lives, and sometimes rebelling against them. Themes included unfulfilled dreams and private longings, the need to seize the day, marriage or a job as a prison sentence, and the power of imagination to liberate.
After many downbeat stories, the last few contained a few positives such as a prison inmate's refusal to capitulate, an adult's second chance at love, an older couple's continuation despite their bickering, and the hopefulness of youth. I enjoyed the linked themes of many of the works. A few of the lesser pieces remained vignettes.
Dubliners it's not, but it was worthwhile for the use of language and insight into the author's concerns.