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‘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.
'A clear, calm voice in your ear.'
'?The stories in Multitudes collectively work as a sort of kaleidoscopic bildungsroman ... a lively, humane book, gritty but wholehearted, and it offers an ultimately optimistic, progressive vision for the city of Belfast and the women who come from there, while never forgetting what has come before.'
'An underhyped Irish writer? They do exist. Lucy Caldwell ... writes an understated, conversational prose that never advertises itself unduly ... Multitudes is her debut collection, and it's brilliant ... Like Joyce's Dubliners, Multitudes begins with stories of childhood, moves on through stories of adolescence, and ends with stories of maturity.'
'Affecting and truthful ... Caldwell's poignant stories combine to describe a collection of moments that shape and define us.'
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