The stories in this linked collection are set in a small village in the Northwest of Ireland in the early 1980’s and 90’s. A by-pass around the village has rid them of their once busy traffic. The residents feel forgotten by the world. The need to reach out and be heard is explored in every story, from the young woman who starts to have phone conversations with her husband’s gay lover, to the dyslexic man who confronts his cruel teacher years later.
The collection is not only about the characters need for salvation but it is about a society that is unraveling. In Amends, we hear about the Bishop who has fathered a child. A priest is beckoned by a dying man to be mocked. The world inside and outside the village is changing. In every story the characters need to make a choice on how they might carry on.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is book that although made up of short stories keeps pulling you back just to read the next one and then the next. Set in a fictional small town in Ireland it tells the individual stories of the people left in a bit of a limbo after a by-pass has been built to take the busy traffic away from the town. The only thing is the traffic and the strangers that it brought were in a way part of the town too. The shops and businesses are suffering because of the lack of trade as they can now only rely on locals to keep them afloat.
As anywhere else the people behind the doors of this community have their own daily lives, fears, hopes and insecurities. These are the stories of the people behind these doors. Some of the stories rest solely with them while others touch on people in previous stories briefly in this tight-knit community. Being such an isolated community some of the characters are more prominent than others, the key stones to keep this town going on but for some it had become more a place that people worked on to leave rather than make a future.
I loved the variety, the quirkiness of some of these stories and the obvious rage that had built over years in others until it had to be let out and confronted. I don’t want to go into individual stories but want to say the author had me engrossed in each tale within its first page, with an instant feel for the main character telling their story. This is s super collection which is well thought out.
I wish to thank the author for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
L.M Brown is the author of the novel Debris. Her stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines. She grew up in Sligo. Ireland, but now resides in Massachusetts with her husband, three daughters, a dog and a bearded dragon.