"Characters all but leap off the page with believability in these marvellous stories of life (and death) in Belfast." --The Sunday Times
Melding his native Irish sensibilities to those of his adopted west-coast Scotland, these tales attend to life's big events: love and loss, separation and violence, death and betrayal. But the stories teem with smaller significant moments too -- private epiphanies, chilling exchanges, intimate encounters. Each of these extraordinary stories -- with their wry, self-deprecating humour, their elegance and subtle wisdom -- gets to the very heart of life.
• Spanning over almost forty years work, this is the first time MacLaverty's stories are collected together