Publication Date: 23/06/2022 ISBN: 9781529079913 Category:

Hearts and Bones

Niamh Mulvey

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication Date: 23/06/2022 ISBN: 9781529079913 Category:
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‘Vivid, memorable and beautifully crafted’ – Sarah Moss, author of Summerwater
‘A brilliant collection, from a remarkable talent’ – Joseph O’Connor, author of Shadowplay

Hearts and Bones is a book about relationships. It explores what love does to us, and how we survive it.

A young woman learns to wield her power, leaving casualties in her wake, while a man from a small town finds solace in a strange new hobby. A watchful child feels a breaking point approach as her mother struggles to keep her life on track, and another daughter steps onto a stage while her family in the audience hope that she is strong enough now to take on the world.

First-time lovers make mistakes, brothers and sisters try to forgive one another, and parents struggle and fail and struggle again. Teenage souls are swayed by euphoric faith in a higher power and then by devotion to desire, trapped between different notions of what might be true. Quiet revolutions happen in living rooms, on river banks, in packed pubs and empty churches, and years later we wonder why we ever did the things we did.

Set between Ireland and London in the first two decades of this millennium, the stories in Hearts and Bones, Niamh Mulvey’s debut collection, look at the changes that have torn through these times and ask who we are now that we’ve brought the old gods down. Witty, sharply observed and deeply moving, these ten stories announce an extraordinary new Irish literary talent.

‘Honest, daringly fresh and stunningly written, these stories cut right to the very essence of what it means to be young’ – Jan Carson, author of The Raptures

Publisher Review

These stories are vivid, memorable and beautifully crafted. I was delighted to discover Niamh Mulvey's work. -- Sarah Moss, Sunday Times bestselling author of Summerwater A brilliant collection, from a remarkable talent. These powerful stories come to us zinging with truth and wit, with pain and insight and joy -- Joseph O'Connor A hugely impressive debut that pivots on tiny moments rendered large, with such skill. Panoramic, precise, in controlled, stunning prose. -- Sinead Gleeson, author of Constellations Honest, daringly fresh and stunningly written, these stories cut right to the very essence of what it means to be young -- Jan Carson, author of The Raptures Niamh Mulvey's stories are compassionate yet unflinchingly honest. She is a remarkable new talent with a distinctive voice and viewpoint. I can't wait to read more of her work -- Jane Casey Using crisp prose and, it seems, almost total recall, Niamh Mulvey's stories chronicle a changing Ireland. Hearts and Bones is a terrific debut collection from a writer full of promise -- Sinead Crowley, author of The Belladonna Maze Mulvey's precision, humour and economy are a kind of close up magic, albeit one that kicks you in the heart. Monolithic themes brought to a shimmering, livid clarity. Exceptional -- Rhik Samadder Closely observed, sparely told and deeply felt, the ten stories of Hearts and Bones will stay with you after you finish the book -- Ed O'Loughlin In Hearts and Bones, Niamh Mulvey demonstrates that she is a brilliant anatomist of shame and longing. This is a book to relish -- Tomiwa Owolade

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