Tales From Bective Bridge by Mary Lavin

By Mary Lavin

'Mary Lavin's stories... are sophisticated with no creating a palaver approximately it, superbly informed, no pat endings, no slickness; and as in lifestyles, not anything is resolved.' William Trevor

First released in 1943, Tales from Bective Bridge is a set of ten tales that memorably depict the agricultural mid-lands of eire and their humans. Mary Lavin, notwithstanding American-born, grew up in Athenry; and notwithstanding the Irish brief tale was once a dauntingly well-established shape she succeeded in reinventing it with this, her debut assortment, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, which shows a Chekhovian present for the which means of small issues, opposite behaviours and feelings. This 2012 version, reissued for the centenary of Mary Lavin's beginning, comprises an creation by way of Evelyn Conlon.

'One of contemporary Irish fiction's so much subversive voices... [Lavin's] artwork explored frequently brutal tensions, disappointments and frustrations dictating the relationships inside so-called 'normal' families.' Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

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