The fabulous title of this collection of modern short stories and the perfect cover are what enticed me to read this book, together with the engaging titles of each individual story. What kept me reading was the author's ability to take hold of the seemingly ordinary person and make them extraordinary. The stories are dark and each one has a surprise for the reader, my favourite one being 'In the Wake of Wednesdays.' I was sorry to finish the book as I would have loved to keep reading more from Kathryn Crowley and I look forward with anticipation to her next collection. In the meantime I will leave it rest before I take it up another time for another read.
This modern Irish short story collection has tales familiar to us all. It takes us from family beach trips and secrets to the complexities of dating and marriage, from mental health and its effects on the family to themes of emigration and caring for vulnerable relatives. This rich pool of sometimes troubling topics is well-balanced by the writer’s lack of sentimentality and her dark sense of humour. Best of all are the twists in many of the tales that leave you thinking about the story long after you finish it. This book will especially appeal to anyone interested in contemporary Irish everyday lives and their extraordinary moments. Highly recommend.
Having not read short stories for some time I could not have been more pleased with my selection of this wonderful collection by Kathryn Crowley to return to this genre . I could not put it down once I began - the author has the power to envelope the reader into the tale. Each story so skillfully written left me hungry to read the next one. The author's collection offers us a rich variety of thought provoking stories containing twists, dark humour , tenderness and a canny insight into the workings of all manner of relationships. A really great read and I certainly hope the author does not keep us waiting too long for the next collection.
Loved this short story collection, a real trip back to times and days past mixed with an unusual take on technology and modern life. The Author leaves us begging for more and thinking on into the night about the possibilities and twists in many of these tales. A great insight into the complexities of all types of relationships. One feels that she has based many on her own life experiences.
A thought-provoking collection of stories in which the author takes a candid, humourous and quirky view of everyday life and the mundane details of living. These stories will certainly entertain you and some will have you reflecting nostalgically on times gone by. The author shows a deep understanding of how families and friendships work. A great read !
A super read with lots of little twists and surprises when least expected. Each short story leaves plenty of food for thought and the reader looking for more..In truth there's a novel in each of them! I would definitely recommend this collection and look forward to this author's next publication. Majella Sutton
These short stories make a great summer read. The stories look at so many aspects and ages of life, and each one has it's own message or twist. It was hard to put down and I was sorry when there were no more to read. I look forward to the next volume from this new author.