Multitudes is the beautiful debut story collection from the acclaimed, prize-winning novelist and playwright Lucy Caldwell
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From Belfast to London and back again the eleven 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.
Beautifully crafted, and so finely balanced that she holds the reader right up against the tender humanity of her characters.
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.
Caldwell captures every last sob and spew in a book redeemed by its underlying resilience and exhilarating vividness.
A clear, calm voice in your ear.
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