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That Old Country Music
Stories
By (author): Kevin Barry
9780345810694 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Short Stories Jan 12, 2021
$29.95 CAD
Active 5.3 x 7.78 x 0.91 in | 0.66 lb 208 pages Knopf Random Vintage Canada Knopf Canada
From the author of the wildly acclaimed Night Boat to Tangier, a New York Times “Top 10” book of 2019, here are stories of contemporary Ireland: full of love (and sex), melancholy and magic, bedecked in some of the most gorgeous prose being written today.

With his three novels and two short story collections, Kevin Barry has steadily established his stature as one of the finest writers not just in Ireland but in the English language. His prodigious gifts with language, character, and setting in these eleven exquisite stories transport the reader to an Ireland both timeless and recognizably modern. Shot through with dark humour and the uncanny primal power of the Irish landscape, the stories in That Old Country Music represent some of the finest fiction being written today.

Story Locale: Ireland

GREAT INSPIRATION: The shades of John Millington Synge, Sean O’Casey, Frank O’Connor, and William Trevor were smiling down on Kevin Barry as he wrote these lyrical tales; they have the power to transport the reader to a very modern version of the “old” Ireland.

MODERN MASTER: New work from a writer who has arrived as a master in whatever form he is working in. At the same time, Barry is now recognized as the vanguard of the new Irish renaissance—one that includes Sally Rooney (who cites Barry as a mentor and inspiration).

IMPRESSIVE PEDIGREE: These stories have been published in the very best literary outlets, including three in The New Yorker, two in The Irish Times, one in The New Statesman, and one to be broadcast on the BBC.

MOVIE BUZZ: The collection follows on the heels of the Booker nod for the gloriously well-reviewed Night Boat to Tangier (which has, by the way, been optioned for film by Michael Fassbender).

KEVIN BARRY is the author of the novels Night Boat to Tangier, Beatlebone, and City of Bohane and the story collections Dark Lies the Island and There Are Little Kingdoms. His awards include the IMPAC Dublin Literary

Award, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize and the Lannan Foundation Literary Award. His previous novel Night Boat to Tangier was nominated for the Booker Prize. His stories and essays appear in The New Yorker, Granta and elsewhere. He also works as a playwright and screenwriter, and he lives in County Sligo, Ireland.

Author Residence: County Sligo, Ireland

Author Hometown: Limerick, Ireland

Publicity: National review mailing

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Target review attention in key outlets include the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star

"Barry has the right stuff for short stories. He brings characters to life quickly and then blesses them with his uncanny ear for dialogue and prose rhythms, his compassion and wry wit. . . . Exceptional writing and a thoroughly entertaining collection." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"The multi-award-winning Barry (Night Boat to Tangier) dazzles with his word wizardry and the effortless grace of his perfect sentences." —Library Journal

“[Barry’s] recent collection of stories is beautiful, and filled with lines that made me shout with laughter.” —Tracey Thorn, The Guardian

"The master short story teller turns messy emotions into riveting tales of wounded Irish folk . . . One of the best collections you'll read this year." ?Sunday Times

"Wild, witty stories . . . The west of Ireland teems with canny characters and vivid language . . . Darkly glimmering . . . Their language is exhilarating, its verve evoking the very best of Barry's compatriots while further carving out a territory that's all his own." ?Observer

"Barry often writes with sonorous wisdom . . . but as readers of his grimly hilarious novels will know, his language is just as precise when it is in the service of comedy . . . Exhilaratingly funny and poignant fables." ?Sunday Telegraph

"These playful, serious and beautifully crafted stories allow Barry to experiment as we need great writers to do." ?Irish Times

"An extraordinary writer . . . In his short stories Barry seems most fully and brilliantly himself. . . . So rich and so flawlessly crafted?its best stories feel instantly canonical, as if we've already been reading them for years . . . The opening story is letter-perfect from its first line . . . Funny, moving, built with superior economy, this is the real thing . . . Barry remains the great romantic of contemporary Irish fiction. Like all of the most interesting artists, he gets better with every risk he takes. The courage may be his. But the rewards are all ours." ?Irish Independent

"Full of the damaged characters, menacing rural scenery and darkly comic, slantwise prose that have become his trademark . . . At each turn, Barry makes his fiction a matter of life and death." ?New Statesman

"There's a fluent charm in Kevin Barry's writing even when he's dealing with subjects that are far from charming . . . Barry's deceptively laid-back writing has an assured texture. He makes it look easy, but it is unmistakably deft." ?Sunday Times

“[Barry’s] recent collection of stories is beautiful, and filled with lines that made me shout with laughter.” —Tracey Thorn, The Guardian

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