There Are Little Kingdoms (Paperback)
Graywolf Press, 9781555976521, 154pp.
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
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.
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Praise For There Are Little Kingdoms…
“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