This is a dazzling collection of stories, which moves from the classic Irish short story of Frank O'Connor and Mary Lavin, to contemporary writers like Aidan Mathews and Claire Keegan, via stories by Samuel Beckett, Colm Toibin, Maeve Brennan, Bernard MacLaverty. It includes a pithy and passionate introduction by Anne Enright.
Anne Enright edits this anthology of thirty of her peers and predecessors, in an eclectic arrangement that highlights the narratives "in which a writer is most himself." Or, herself: ten women join to resist the expected "Irishness" that sentimentalizes what gets published and peddled for the international market. Among those born during the past century, Enright chooses some storytellers perhaps unfamiliar to a global audience. Enright's presentation … more