Where Have You Been?
by Joseph O'Connor
Where Have You Been?
by Author Name Joseph O'Connor
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- List Price: €18.50
- Format: Paperback, 216 x 135 x 25mm, 336pp
- Publication date: 04 Oct 2012
- Publisher: Harvill Secker
- ISBN-13: 9781846555725
"Where Have You Been?" is award-winning novelist Joseph O'Connor's first collection of short stories in more than twenty years. Ranging from urgently contemporary London and Dublin to New York's Lower East Side in the nineteenth century, from dark comedy to poignancy, from the wryly provocative to the quietly beautiful, these stories offer a gathering of dreamers and lost souls who contend with the confusions of living. Here are men without women, children parenting parents, residents of the Broke-bank Mountain that is Ireland after the Celtic Tiger, emigrants, travellers, cheats and lovers, families, friends and foes. The focus is on those moments of the everyday when possibility seems to appear. A football match becomes an occasion of hard-won acceptances. An old acquaintance re-encountered plays mind-games in a bar. A fling between people who have almost nothing in common alters their lives forever. In Dublin, a desperately ill woman meets a tour guide in a hotel. A civil servant drives his father into Wicklow to say a final goodbye. A boy comes of age in a seaside town where everything is about to change. "Where Have You Been?" is a powerfully moving, entertaining and life-affirming read, from the internationally acclaimed author of "Star of the Sea", "Redemption Falls" and "Ghost Light".
"Really excellent... Frank O'Connor believed the short story to be characterised most of all by "an intense awareness of human loneliness", and it's this O'Connor movingly displays here" Guardian "Ireland's greatest storyteller" Sunday Independent "A writer who reveals the power of the short story to speak for our time" Irish Times "Written with assurance and tenderness [...] Joseph O'Connor is in the tradition of masterly Irish writers of short fiction" Scotsman "O'Connor's first collection of short stories in 20 years sees [...] the author once again showcase the kind of effortlessly comic demotic cadences that first endeared him to readers" Metro