The China Factory by Mary Costello
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There is a country cadence in Costello's sentences; her characters yearn westwards towards the Atlantic and the hills and fields of their childhood homes.
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In these twelve haunting stories, Mary Costello carefully examines the passions and perils of everyday life and relationships and, with startling insight, casts a light on the darkest corners of the human heart. What emerges is a compassionate exploration of how ordinary men and women endure the trials and complexities of marriage, memory, adultery, death, and the ripples of disquiet that lie just beneath the surface. With a calm intensity and an undertow of sadness, she reveals the secret fears and yearnings of her characters, and those isolated moments when a few words or a small deed can change everything, with stark and sometimes brutal consequences. ""Irish writer Costello shows a mastery of the short-fiction form in her first collection. Her prose is subtle, strong, and lyrical, while her knowledge of human nature yields memorable characters.""-Booklist
 

About Mary Costello

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Mary Costello was born in West Belfast in 1955 into a Catholic, working-class family. She grew up in Andersonstown, an IRA stronghold, and experienced first hand the outbreak of the Troubles. She now lives in Australia. Titanic Town is her first novel.
 
Published October 2, 2012 by Stinging Fly. 170 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by ANNE ENRIGHT on Jun 07 2012

There is a country cadence in Costello's sentences; her characters yearn westwards towards the Atlantic and the hills and fields of their childhood homes.

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