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And in the title story a teenage girl strikes up an unlikely friendship with a lonely bachelor.

Love, loss, betrayal. Grief, guilt, longing. The act of grace or forgiveness that can suddenly transform and redeem lives. In these twelve haunting stories Mary Costello examines the passions and perils of everyday life and relationships and, with startling insight, casts a light on the darkest corners of the human heart.

With a calm intensity and an undertow of sadness, she reveals the secret fears and yearnings of her characters, and those isolated moments when a few words or a small deed can change everything, with stark and sometimes brutal consequences.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781922147417
ISBN-10: 1922147419
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 128mm x 16mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: The Text Publishing Company
Publisher: Text Publishing
Publish Date: 24-Apr-2013
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: China Factory by Mary Costello - Reviewed by (24 Apr 2013)

The China Factory is a collection of twelve short stories, the first collection by Irish author, Mary Costello. Costello’s superbly crafted stories are about a range of ordinary people: a retiring teacher, a young woman just finished school, an elderly man facing the end of his life, a young landscape gardener, a ten-year-old girl, a young mother, a middle-aged schools inspector, a bitter bachelor, an insomniac husband, a suspicious wife. Her stories involve every day events, but also life-changing moments: a funeral, a retirement, rape, estrangement, childhood discovery, adultery, miscarriage, insanity, cruelty and death. Costello, with a minimum of words, deftly evokes a myriad of profound emotions on the darker side of human existence: despair and desperation, dissatisfaction, fear, grief, shame, guilt, regret, sinking hope and, overwhelmingly, loneliness. Her prose is often beautiful and evocative: “She knew then, it was easier to be the one hurt, than the hurter.” “…and as the night came down and the rain fell on the city it came to her that what this was – this man, this moment – what this was, most of all, was the resurrection of hope.” “That what the poets had once granted her- those brief encounters with the sublime – a child might too.” The reader could be forgiven for wondering if there are autobiographical elements to some of the stories. The stories have a very Irish feel yet will resonate universally with readers. Powerful and stirring.


Author Biography - Mary Costello

Mary Costello is originally from East Galway and now lives in Dublin. Her stories have been anthologised and published in New Irish Writer and in The Stinging Fly. The China Factory is Mary's first book of stories.

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