An ageing nun is tracked to ground by her sister; a garrulous beautician must lay out the corpse of a loved one. These are eloquent tales of exile and displacement, of characters always in search of a way back home or of a way to leave it. Mischievous, assured and versatile, Colum McCann's collection of short stories marks him out as one of our best contemporary writers.



ISBN: 9781526617286
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Publication Date: 7 Jan 2021
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 19.8(H) x 12.9(L)
Weight (gm): 140



Orwell would have been proud to journey with a writer as good as Colum McCann * Irish Sunday Independent *
A mesmeric find * Observer *
His stories are the work of a most vivid imagination, perpetually finding new shapes and ways of examining the world * Sunday Tribune *
Rich, powerful stories that place McCann at the front ranks of contemporary Irish writers * San Francisco Chronicle *
Beautiful ... These well-made stories, written with fierce beauty, are sure of their effect and power * Washington Post Book World *
There is magic in this McCann, and he brings to each page a special sorcery with the voices he conjures ... No one can read through and not emerge feeling changed, somehow ennobled by it * Baltimore Sun *


Author Biography

Colum McCann is the author of six novels and three collections of stories. His most recent novel Apeirogon was longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize. TransAtlantic was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013, and Let the Great World Spin won the National Book Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was a New York Times bestseller. His work has been published in forty languages and has received many international honours, including a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, election to the Irish arts academy and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the 2010 Best Foreign Novel Award in China and an Oscar nomination. He is the co-founder of the non-profit global story exchange organisation, Narrative 4, and he teaches at the MFA program in Hunter College. He was born in Dublin and lives in New York. colummccann.com
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