‘Precise and beautifully controlled fictions but with strange, wild energies pulsing along just beneath the surface. A tremendous collection.’ Kevin Barry
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‘Precise and beautifully controlled fictions but with strange, wild energies pulsing along just beneath the surface. A tremendous collection.’ Kevin Barry, author of Night Boat to Tangier
Intimacies exquisitely charts the steps and missteps of young women trying to find their place in the world. From a Belfast student ordering illegal drugs online to end an unwanted pregnancy to a young mother’s brush with mortality; from a Christmas Eve walking the city centre streets when everything seems possible, to a night flight from Canada which could change a life irrevocably, these are stories of love, loss and exile, of new beginnings and lives lived away from ‘home’.
Taking in, too, the lives of other women who could be guiding lights – from Monica Lewinsky to Caroline Norton to Sinéad O’Connor – Intimacies offers keenly felt and subtly revealing insights into the heartbreak and hope of modern life.
‘Heart-stoppingly good.’ Lisa McGee, writer and creator of Derry Girls
My FAVE short stories ever!
All these stories are perfect but ‘All the People Were Mean and Bad’ slayed me altogether. Pain written with such tenderness. Extraordinary.
These eleven stories are sharp and impactful accounts of young women traversing modern life. As a writer she has a glorious skill for creating narratives in which every element works in perfect tandem ... Intimacies is a memorable and unmissable book from one of Ireland's most essential writers.
An astute observer of the mundane, Caldwell finds poetry – and even a kind of religiosity – in the quotidian rituals of domesticity.
An outstanding collection. Caldwell's skill is evident on every page.
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