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Edited by prize-winning author and playwright Lucy Caldwell, BEING VARIOUS brings together original stories from Ireland's current golden age of writing with some exciting new voices, never before published.

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Lucy Caldwell was born in Belfast in 1981. She is the author of three novels and several stage plays and radio dramas. Awards she has received include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright, and the BBC Stewart Parker Award. Her most recent novel, All the Beggars Riding, was chosen for Belfast's One City One Book campaign in 2013 and shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year and was followed by her acclaimed debut collection of short stories, Multitudes, 2016.


***"In her introduction to this collection of varied Irish tales, editor Caldwell (All the Beggars Riding) outlines the diversity found within: the book features authors who are "two-thirds female, one-third Northern. Two-thirds born in Ireland, two-thirds currently resident." Some of the authors (Kevin Barry, Eimear McBride, Stuart Neville, Sally Rooney) are already reasonably well known here, while others will be new to readers. All offer crystal-clear looks at the inner lives of the conflicted, whether a young Chinese woman who builds an alternate life around the Facebook profile of a possible love interest (Yan Ge's "How I Fell in Love with the Well-Documented Life of Alexander Whelan"); another young woman who, reluctantly and fearfully, returns to Northern Ireland for her murdered father's funeral and is pressured to exact revenge (Adrian McKinty's "Jack's Return Home"); or a-small-hometown man who can't understand what his brother's flirty, rude, maybe-girlfriend wants from him (Rooney's "Colour and Light"). VERDICT A piercing look at the inner lives of a refreshing variety of Irish people.--Henrietta Verma, Credo Reference, New York, Library Journal

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