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There Are Little Kingdoms


Kevin Barry


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Paperback (12/1/2010)


From the author of City of Bohane, a debut collection that "could easily have been titled ‘These Are Little Masterpieces'" (The Irish Times)

This award-winning story collection by Kevin Barry summons all the laughter, darkness, and intensity of contemporary Irish life. A pair of fast girls court trouble as they cool their heels on a slow night in a small town. Lonesome hill walkers take to the high reaches in pursuit of a saving embrace. A bewildered man steps off a country bus in search of his identity—and a stiff drink. These stories, filled with a grand sense of life's absurdity, form a remarkably sure-footed collection that reads like a modern-day Dubliners. The winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and a 2007 book of the year in The Irish Times, the Sunday Tribune, and Metro, There Are Little Kingdoms marks the stunning entrance of a writer who burst onto the literary scene fully formed.

Praise For There Are Little Kingdoms: Stories

“Magnificent. This is show-stopping stuff.” —Sunday Tribune (Ireland)

“Immensely entertaining . . . A brilliant example of short story writing at its best.” —The Sunday Business Post (Ireland)

“Some of the most beautiful and lyrical writing ever composed by an Irish writer . . . There are truly great things here. Expect more.” —Irish Examiner

“A collection of vibrant, original, and intelligent short stories, and a number of the tales contained in There Are Little Kingdoms deserve to be read and reread, and to outlast the strange years that made them.” —The Irish Times

Graywolf Press, 9781555976521, 160pp.

Publication Date: September 24, 2013

About the Author

Kevin Barry is the author of City of Bohane and two story collections. He has won the European Union Prize for Literature and the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award, and was short-listed for the Costa First Novel Award. He lives in County Sligo, Ireland.