An award-winning collection from the author of City of Bohane, which was hailed by Pete Hamill as "full of marvels" (The New York Times Book Review)
* Short-listed for the Frank O'Connor Short Story Award * Winner of the Sunday Times Short Story Award * One of last year's most critically acclaimed books in the UK * A Guernica Best Book of the Year * A Library Journal "Best Indie Fiction of 2013" *
Dark Lies the Island is a wickedly funny and hugely original collection of stories about misspent love and crimes gone horribly wrong. In the Sunday Times Short Story Award–winning "Beer Trip to Llandudno," a pack of middle-aged ale fanatics seeking the perfect pint find more than they bargained for. A pair of sinister old ladies prowl the countryside for a child to make their own. And a poet looking for inner calm buys an ancient inn on the west coast of Ireland but finds instead rancorous locals and catastrophic floodwaters.
Kevin Barry's dazzling language, razor-sharp ear for the vernacular, and keen eye for the tragedies and comedies of daily life invest these tales with a startling vitality. Dark Lies the Island was short-listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, and as one of the most acclaimed collections in Europe in many years, it heralds the arrival of a new master of the short story.
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For Barry’s characters, language is a struggle and a hobby and an art. In the book’s best story, a blocked poet buys a hotel in stormy Killary where he pulls pints and eavesdrops, hoping to pick up some local color.Read Full Review of Dark Lies the Island | See more reviews from NY Times
With so many short stories the conclusion is obvious long before the last page. Not so with Mr. Barry’s work. The only certainty is that the end will be a surprise—and most probably a shock. Dark Lies the Island is a terrific little book that demands a follow-up very soon.Read Full Review of Dark Lies the Island | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books
...this collection leaves no doubt that he’s earned all that’s come his way. Deeply humane and immensely funny, “Dark Lies the Island” is another testament to his many talents.Read Full Review of Dark Lies the Island | See more reviews from Star Tribune
A few pieces are more like sketches than stories. This can be fine. One, in which the main event is a kiss that doesn’t “take,” has an endearing simplicity. Another, about a random act of cruelty against a schedule-obsessed, possibly autistic boy, on the other hand, struck me as inchoate.Read Full Review of Dark Lies the Island | See more reviews from Toronto Star
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