Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Dark Lies the Island

Menace. Something is ready to go wrong every few pages in a finely written collection of short stories by Kevin Barry titled, Dark Lies the Island. For the Irish characters in these stories, there are no leprechauns with a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow: just another cloud to bring rain and turmoil. Barry’s lyrical language soars in these stories. Some of the sentences I read aloud to savor the rhythms of his carefully selected words. While menace abounds in these stories, I laughed often. Barry creates fully formed complex and interesting characters. Spend a little time with each story before jumping on to the next one. This baker’s dozen will bring satisfaction to those readers who enjoy finely written short fiction, especially when injected with dark humor. A sip of Irish whiskey with one of these stories is the perfect combination for a happy hour. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase Dark Lies the Island from amazon.com.

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