The End of the World is a Cul de Sac

The End of the World is a Cul de Sac

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 01/04/2021
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'A dazzling, heartbreaking debut collection' Guardian 'Kennedy's voice, and her unforgiving gaze, are electric' Sunday Times 'These stories sing, haunt and inspire laughter ... One of the best collections I've read in years' Sinead Gleeson A SUNDAY TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR The secrets people kept, the lies they told. In these visceral, stunningly crafted stories, people are effortlessly cruel to one another, and the natural world is a primitive salve. Here, women are domestically trapped by predatorial men, Ireland’s folklore and politics loom large, and poverty – material, emotional, sexual – seeps through every crack. A wife is abandoned by her new husband in a ghost estate, with blood on her hands; a young woman is tormented by visions of the man murdered by her brother during the Troubles; a pregnant mother fears the worst as her husband grows illegal cannabis with the help of a vulnerable teenage girl; a woman struggles to forgive herself after an abortion threatens to destroy her marriage. Announcing a major new voice in literary fiction for the twenty-first century, these sharp shocks of stories offer flashes of beauty, and even humour, amidst the harshest of truths.

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • ISBN: 9781526623270
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 410g
  • Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm

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The End of the World is a Cul de Sac
Atmosphere and realism
I greatly enjoyed this collection of Irish short stories, giving slices of ordinary but unusual lives. Each character felt fully realised and thoughtfully... READ MORE
Verity Halliday
The End of the World is a Cul de Sac
A wonderful collection of short stories
Loved this collection of short stories, it took me a while to get into this book as the first story didn't really grab my attention, but then it pulled me... READ MORE
Tammy Kinsella
The End of the World is a Cul de Sac
An author to watch
This collection of short stories is the debut of Louise Kennedy. Each story follows an Irish woman in varying circumstances, giving us a glimpse into their... READ MORE
Ruth Jacks
The End of the World is a Cul de Sac
The myths and legends and the history of Ireland and Northern Ireland play a central part in every story.
‘’The statue stood in the clearing. It was a wood nymph, lifelike yet diminutive, the height of an adolescent girl. A dappling of sunlight was flickering o... READ MORE
Amalia Gkavea