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Intimacies

Lucy Caldwell

‘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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ISBN
9780571353767
Date Published
04.05.2021
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Summary

*Includes the winner of the 2021 BBC National Short Story Award*

‘Outstanding.’ Guardian
‘Eleven perfect stories.’ Irish Independent
‘Glorious.’ The Times
‘My FAVE collection ever.’ Pandora Sykes

In eleven stories, 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, and 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’.

‘Embedded in these stories are exquisite, often moving descriptions where everyday moments mix with the monumental.’ Financial Times

Critic Reviews

Heart-stoppingly good. Lucy Caldwell is a masterful writer.

Lisa McGee, writer of Derry Girls
Critic Reviews

These are precise and beautifully controlled fictions but with strange, wild energies pulsing along just beneath the surface. A tremendous collection.

Kevin Barry
Critic Reviews

Caldwell explores what it means to be a woman with devastating honesty, warmth and compassion. She manages to get underneath the skin of her characters exploring situations which are unique, yet heartbreakingly familiar.

Jan Carson
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One of the truest short story writers we have. With Intimacies she makes the short story her own. Imaginatively, emotionally, even formally, the stories contained here take her work to a new pitch of achievement. I can think of no more complete collection. Read. Read again. Remember now and then to breathe.

Glenn Patterson
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Beautifully illuminative of women’s lives today. This is work of the highest quality which enlightens and enriches the heart.

David Park
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Caldwell writes with such sensitivity and humanity, and always encourages us to rethink what we already know.

Elif Shafak
LucyCaldwell

Lucy Caldwell was born in Belfast in 1981. She is the author of four novels, several stage plays and radio dramas, and two collections of short stories: Multitudes and Intimacies. She won the BBC National Short Story Award in 2021 for ‘All the People Were Mean and Bad’. Other awards include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the George Devine…

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