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Hearts and Bones: Love Songs for Late Youth
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Description for Hearts and Bones: Love Songs for Late Youth
'Vivid, memorable and beautifully crafted’ - Sarah Moss, author of Summerwater 'A brilliant collection, from a remarkable talent' - Joseph O'Connor, author of Shadowplay Hearts and Bones is a book about relationships. It explores what love does to us, and how we survive it. A young woman learns to wield her power, leaving casualties in her wake, while a man from a small town finds solace in a strange new hobby. A watchful child feels a breaking point approach as her mother struggles to keep her life on track, and another daughter steps onto a stage while her ... Read morefamily in the audience hope that she is strong enough now to take on the world. First-time lovers make mistakes, brothers and sisters try to forgive one another, and parents struggle and fail and struggle again. Teenage souls are swayed by euphoric faith in a higher power and then by devotion to desire, trapped between different notions of what might be true. Quiet revolutions happen in living rooms, on river banks, in packed pubs and empty churches, and years later we wonder why we ever did the things we did. Set between Ireland and London in the first two decades of this millennium, the stories in Hearts and Bones, Niamh Mulvey's debut collection, look at the changes that have torn through these times and ask who we are now that we’ve brought the old gods down. Witty, sharply observed and deeply moving, these ten stories announce an extraordinary new Irish literary talent. 'Highly accomplished, inventive . . . what stands out is Mulvey's command of her own originality' - Irish Times 'Honest, daringly fresh and stunningly written, these stories cut right to the very essence of what it means to be young’ - Jan Carson, author of The Raptures Show Less
About Niamh Mulvey
Place of Publication
London, United Kingdom
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Niamh Mulvey is from Kilkenny, Ireland. Her short fiction has been published in The Stinging Fly, Banshee and Southword and has been shortlisted for the Seán O’Faoláin Prize for Short Fiction 2020. Hearts and Bones is her first book.
Reviews for Hearts and Bones: Love Songs for Late Youth
These stories are vivid, memorable and beautifully crafted. I was delighted to discover Niamh Mulvey’s work.
Sarah Moss, Sunday Times bestselling author of Summerwater Astute, surprising and wholly entertaining . . . There is a rich wit at play, Mulvey is an adept practitioner
A brilliant collection, from a remarkable talent. These powerful stories come ... Read moreto us zinging with truth and wit, with pain and insight and joy
Joseph O'Connor Highly accomplished, inventive . . . What stands out is Mulvey's command of her own originality . . . Though a debut writer, Mulvey is coming in at a high level with a book that delivers much and promises more
Beautifully written . . . a striking, page-turning debut
Marvellous . . . A short and sweet debut collection brimming with poised assurance . . . Mulvey is an extremely talented writer
A hugely impressive debut that pivots on tiny moments rendered large, with such skill. Panoramic, precise, in controlled, stunning prose.
Sinéad Gleeson, author of Constellations Gorgeous stories full of humour, insight and readability
Poignant and lyrical . . . Unsparingly honest in their perspective, these stories invite us to observe the fragility of truth and life.
Honest, daringly fresh and stunningly written, these stories cut right to the very essence of what it means to be young
Jan Carson, author of The Raptures Niamh Mulvey's stories are compassionate yet unflinchingly honest. She is a remarkable new talent with a distinctive voice and viewpoint. I can't wait to read more of her work
Jane Casey Using crisp prose and, it seems, almost total recall, Niamh Mulvey's stories chronicle a changing Ireland. Hearts and Bones is a terrific debut collection from a writer full of promise
Sinéad Crowley, author of The Belladonna Maze Mulvey's precision, humour and economy are a kind of close up magic, albeit one that kicks you in the heart. Monolithic themes brought to a shimmering, livid clarity. Exceptional
Rhik Samadder Closely observed, sparely told and deeply felt, the ten stories of Hearts and Bones will stay with you after you finish the book
Ed O'Loughlin In Hearts and Bones, Niamh Mulvey demonstrates that she is a brilliant anatomist of shame and longing. This is a book to relish
Tomiwa Owolade Mulvey is a stylish and inventive, yet precise, writer who captures a contemporary sensibility in her stories of love and disillusion
Niamh Donnelly, Irish Times Mulvey is masterful in her brevity, conjuring the light and dark from seemingly ordinary situations with the penning of a single, pointed detail. Rich but simple language creates a tug of war between spiky, sharp observations and moments of clarity and softness for the shared human experience