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
Publisher: New Island Books