Kevin Barry’s deliciously wicked collection Dark Lies the Island delivers on the many reckless promises made by his virtuosic and prizewinning debut novel, City of Bohane. It firmly establishes him as both a world-class word slinger and a masterful storyteller.
“[Kevin Barry] isn’t sparing with his powers. Even his throwaway lines are keepers.”—The New York Times
“He does humor. He does high drama. He even dabbles in horror (of a kind). And he can handle just about any other narrative form you might think of.”––Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
“Barry’s best short stories are like a spade to the face. . . . [He] earns comparison with the great and shamefully neglected VS Pritchett, whose short stories also employed pronounced comic means for serious, compassionate ends.” ––The Guardian