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Multitudes

Multitudes is the beautiful debut story collection from the acclaimed, prize-winning novelist and playwright Lucy Caldwell

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Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571313501
Date Published
05.05.2016
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Summary

‘Beautifully crafted, and so finely balanced that she holds the reader right up against the tender humanity of her characters.’ Eimear McBride

‘A writer of rare elegance and beauty, Caldwell doesn’t just get inside her characters’ minds. She perches in the precarious chambers of their hearts, telling their stories truthfully and tenderly.’ Independent

Multitudes is the beautiful debut story collection from the acclaimed, prize-winning novelist and playwright Lucy Caldwell

From Belfast to London and back again the ten stories that comprise Caldwell’s first collection explore the many facets of growing up – the pain and the heartache, the tenderness and the joy, the fleeting and the formative – or ‘the drunkenness of things being various’. Stories of longing and belonging, they culminate with the heart-wrenching and unforgettable title story.

Critic Reviews

Beautifully crafted, and so finely balanced that she holds the reader right up against the tender humanity of her characters.

Eimear McBride
Critic Reviews

Lucy Caldwell’s first short-story collection is largely rooted in her native Belfast and points up aspects of the city – not the Troubles ... but a rawness and an intolerance of difference ... Taken together, the stories are a survey of the threats faced by women from childhood through to childbirth.

Guardian
Critic Reviews

Caldwell captures every last sob and spew in a book redeemed by its underlying resilience and exhilarating vividness.

Sunday Times
Critic Reviews

A clear, calm voice in your ear.

Anthony Cummins, Telegraph
Critic Reviews

Another name to add to the current crop of brilliant short story writers ... The stories move between London and Belfast, but the real action happens inside the character's heads.

Emerald Street
Critic Reviews

Heartfelt ... makes for an emotional read.

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