Young Skins

Young Skins

eBook - 2015
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Enter the small, rural town of Glanbeigh, a place whose fate took a downturn with the Celtic Tiger, a desolate spot where buffoonery and tension simmer and erupt, and booze-sodden boredom fills the corners of every pub and nightclub. Here, and in the towns beyond, the young live hard and wear the scars. Amongst them, there's jilted Jimmy, whose best friend Tug is the terror of the town and Jimmy's sole company in his search for the missing Clancy kid; Bat, a lovesick soul with a face like a bowl of mashed up spuds even before Nubbin Tansey's boot kicked it in; and Arm, a young and desperate criminal whose destiny is shaped when he and his partner, Dympna, fail to carry out a job. In each story, a local voice delineates the grittiness of post boom Irish society. These are unforgettable characters rendered through silence, humor, and violence. Told in Barrett's vibrant, distinctive prose, Young Skins is an accomplished and irreverent debut from a singular new voice in contemporary fiction.
Publisher: [United States] :, Grove/Atlantic, Inc.,, 2015
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ISBN: 9780802192103
0802192106
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Oct 22, 2015

This much lauded book of short stories (six short stories and one novella) has received many awards. It is set in County Mayo where people are poor and life is violent (perhaps as a result of the post-economic boom). Barrett can certainly write although I am uncertain what he is telling us about people's ability to retain their humanity.

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