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Two boys set fires while their worlds fall apart. A couple embark on a last-ditch effort to save their marriage. A widow seeks a stranger’s help to bury her grief. A horse crashes a house party.

Set on an imagined island off the west coast of Ireland, John Patrick McHugh’s debut collection of stories conjures a complete and varied cast of characters – some lost, some lonely, many dreaming and others self-deceiving. With nuance, compassion and the darkest humour, McHugh casts a bold eye on masculinity, family and class, friendships and betrayal, and embeds us in the moments on which a life can twist and turn.


Author: John Patrick McHugh

Format: Paperback

Size: 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 256 pages

Publisher: New Island Books

ISBN: 9781848407916

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