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There Are Little Kingdoms

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Kevin Barry
This award-winning story collection summons all the laughter, darkness, and intensity of contemporary Irish life. A pair of fast girls court trouble as they cool their heels on a slow night in a small town. Lonesome hillwalkers take to the high reaches in pursuit of a saving embrace. A bewildered man steps off a country bus in search of his identity—and a stiff drink. These stories, filled with a grand sense of life’s absurdity, form a remarkably surefooted collection that reads like a modern-day Dubliners. Winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, and a 2007 book of the year in the Irish Times, the Sunday Tribune, and Metro, There Are Little Kingdoms marks the stunning entrance of a writer who burst onto the literary scene fully formed.

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From the author of Dark Lies the Island, a debut collection that “could easily have been titled ‘These Are Little Masterpieces’” (The Irish Times)

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Kevin  Barry
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Kevin Barry is the author of Dark Lies the Island,City of Bohane, which received the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the story collection There Are Little Kingdoms. He has won  the Sunday Times Short Story Award, the European Union Prize for Literature, and the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award, and was short-listed for the Costa First Novel Award and the Frank O’Connor International Story Award. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker and Tin House, among other places. He lives in County Sligo, Ireland.
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  • “Magnificent. This is show-stopping stuff.”Sunday Tribune (Ireland)
  • “Immensely entertaining. . . . A brilliant example of short story writing at its best.”The Sunday Business Post (Ireland)
  • “Some of the most beautiful and lyrical writing ever composed by an Irish writer. . . . There are truly great things here. Expect more.”Irish Examiner (Ireland)
  • “Kevin Barry is among the brightest and most delightful new voices in Irish fiction.”—Rick Moody
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