This lively, immediately absorbing new collection of short stories will put Ryan O’Neill on the map as one of the most original writers around.
Covering an array of diverse, intimate subjects and introducing readers to many different characters flawed and likeable, O’Neill experiments with the genre, making each tale simmer with distinct personality. Also deftly revealed is the author’s endearing fascination with the richness and flexibility of language itself. Sentimental and sad, true and terrifying, a whole range of emotions are engaged throughout the telling of these tales, with particular skill shining through in O’Neill’s depictions of conflict-torn Africa and the perceptions of children.There is something for everyone in this assortment, but it is effortless to finish one story and dive straight into the next. Captivating and impressive.