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Stories by Irish writers - including Maeve Binchy An outstanding collection of twelve coming-of-age stories by Irish and Irish-American writers. Maeve Binchy's 'When Grania Grows Up' pinpoints the moment a girl who believed in happy families loses her innocent faith in people; Marita Conlon-McKenna writes of a teenage romance that triggers hostilities between Catholics and Protestants; the title story by Shane Connaughton deals with macabre humour with a teenage boy rumoured to have committed a murder; and Helena Mullkerns' 'Landlocked' is about an Irish girl waitressing in Texas and beginning to understand the complex dream of immigrant life. The authors include established writers and some exciting newcomers. In their very different ways each succeeds brilliantly in conveying the universal longing of the young to grow up, to love, and to start a new life.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842550564
ISBN-10: 184255056X
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 129mm x 18mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
Publish Date: 16-Aug-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

US Kirkus Review » A strong collection of stories saturated with the scent of the sea, the taste of Guinness, and a rough Gaelic music to the words even when they are spoken in Texas or Liverpool. Shane Connaughton, who wrote the screenplay for "My Left Foot", opens with young male love all tied up in an old family house about to be razed. Memories and ghosts in another abandoned family house inhabit June Considine's "To Dream of White Horses," perhaps the most intensely felt of the stories. Maeve Binchy (famed novelist and wife of the editor) allows teenage Grania a glimpse of her parents' very complicated lives; Ita Daly's "Headstrong Girl" faces her own survival at last at Irish summer camp. Abortion, furtive passions, the vicious war between Catholics and Protestants, and an Irish girl's epiphany at a Texas greasy spoon: all in the end are backdrops to each protagonist's finding his or her own self. As with many such collections, the tales are best read individually rather than all at once. "(Short stories. YA). (Kirkus Reviews)


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