Everything in This Country Must
A Novella and Two Stories
By Colum McCann
(Metropolitan Books, Hardcover, 9780805063981, 160pp.)
Publication Date: March 2000
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
Categories: Short Stories (single author)
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In a daring tour de force, one of our writers takes on the most intractable of conflicts-the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
In his fourth book, Colum McCann, a writer of fierce originality and haunting lyricism, turns to the Troubles and reveals, as only fiction writers can, the reverberations of political tragedy in the most intimate lives of men and women, parents and children. In the title story, a teenage girl must choose between allegiance to her Catholic father and gratitude to the British soldiers who have saved the family's horse. The young hero of Hunger Strike, a novella, tries to replicate the experience of his uncle, an IRA prisoner on hunger strike. And in Wood, a small boy does his part for the Protestant marches, concealing his involvement from his blind father.
Writing in a new form, but with the skill and force and sparkling poetry that have brought him international acclaim, Colum McCann has delivered masterful, memorable short fiction.
Colum McCann is the author of books including This Side of Brightness, Zoli, Songdogs and Let the Great World Spin. He has received the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, a Pushcart Prize, and was named the first winner of the Grace Kelly Memorial Foundation Award and the Princess Grace Memorial Literary Award. He lives in New York City.
"McCann [writes] a dazzling bl of menace and heartbreak." (David Willis McCullough, The New York Times Book Review)
"McCann's prose shines. Nothing escapes his eye." (Lise Funderburg, The Philadelphia Inquirer)
"Bold and mesmerizing" (The Baltimore Sun)