Saturday, 15 December 2012


Reviews are like buses, blah blah yes, hot on the (w)heels of the Orbis review of Mother America, comes this fine mini-review from John Lavin for the Wales Arts Review. Big thanks to John, who is on the editorial board of that other fine Welsh publication, The Lampeter Review. For those of you allergic to clicking links, the full text is below. John includes Mother America in his Short Story Collections of the Year for 2012. Chuffed :)

'Mother America (New Island), the latest collection from Nuala Ní Chonchúir, confirms her as one of Ireland’s brightest new talents. Ní Chonchúir writes very much in the tradition of great Irish short story writers like Sean O’ Faolin, Frank O’Connor and, of course, the Joyce of Dubliners. Her stories are marked by the precision of her writing and the cumulative, intensely poetical rewards this fastidiousness reaps. Mother America is a bold, thematically-linked collection, often concerned with the relationship between mothers and sons. Over the last decade or so Ní Chonchúir has written several very impressive collections but it seems to me to be this one which announces her as a major new voice on the literary stage.' John Lavin

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