This thoughtful debut is sure to engender as many exhilarated gasps as shudders of envy. (It seems hardly fair that one so young should exhibit such an assured fluency and clarity of vision in her writing.) Flattery's stories are, in many ways, ceaselessly sad; woe sires woe, suffering begets more suffering. An agonised, dreamlike sense of bafflement dominates each heart-eviscerating tale, while a coal-black wit pervades. Stop what you're doing and pick up this near-faultless collection. It might well be the book of the year.
- Recommended by Leon Hickey, Dubray Galway