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Dislocation : stories from a new Ireland
Walsh, Caroline, 1952-
First Carroll and Graf edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2003.

Physical Description:
xv, 312 pages ; 21 cm
Barber-surgeons / Aidan Mathews -- These important messages / Blánaid McKinney -- It is a miracle / Éilís Ní Dhuibhne -- Playboy / Sean O'Reilly -- Night of the quicken trees / Claire Keegan -- Australia day / Tom Humphries -- Ponchos / Joseph O'Neill -- Maps / John MacKenna -- A nuclear Adam and Eve / Molly McCloskey -- Gracefully, not too fast / Mary Morrissy -- Grid work / Keith Ridgway.
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PR8876 .D57 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Over the last decade, Ireland has undergone massive change. Traditional values have been uprooted; established notions of Irishness overturned; rural and urban landscapes altered forever. Dislocation is a collection of eleven stories by writers who have come to prominence during this turbulent time. These stories journey away from conventional "Irishness" and create a new order as they move through worlds sometimes familiar, sometimes alien, sordid, even violent. Set in Dublin, America, the Irish Midlands, London, and central Europe, they provide an extraordinary array of insights, anxieties, triumphs, and failures in the lives of their characters. The writers include Tom Humphries, Claire Keegan, John MacKenna, Aidan Mathews, Molly McCloskey, Blanaid McKinney, Mary Morrissy, Elis Ni Dhuibhne, Joseph O'Neill, Sean O'Reilly, and Keith Ridgway.

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Booklist Review

How define Irish writer in the global century? Some of the best live in America and England, while others, living in Ireland, grew up elsewhere. Irish Times literary editor Walsh decided on the broadest possible definition to select these new examples of what is arguably the most Irish literary form (although Anthony Burgess cracked that the Irish don't write novels because they have such short attention spans, Ireland's rich oral tradition is more likely the reason). The resulting, superlative collection of specifically commissioned stories will introduce many to writers whose reputations date from the 1990s, and who make the book stunningly diverse in content, style, and approach as well as impressively even in quality and strong in voice. Claire Keegan updates and expands the traditional supernatural tale with one whose protagonist is a woman seduced by a priest, thereby discovering her psychic abilities. Blanaid McKinney's mirror story centers on an almost failed priest who returns to his vocation. Eilis ni Dhuibhne limns the life of the modern expatriate. Tom Humphries offers a social satire of pub life in a yuppifying village. Meanwhile the frightening giant in Keith Ridgway's contribution lives aboard airplanes, conducting there the invisible work that sustains global business. Not a story in the lot couldn't become a classic. If you buy one Irish collection this year, here it is. --Patricia Monaghan Copyright 2003 Booklist