IrishCentral’s Book Club pick for August is “All Over Ireland: New Irish Short Stories” edited by Deirdre Madden.

Welcome to August’s pick for the IrishCentral Monthly Book Club! Each month we will pick a new Irish book or a great book by an Irish author and celebrate the amazing ability of the Irish to tell a good story.

Throughout August, we’ll be celebrating the work of Irish short story writers who are creating work more than able to compete with James Joyce’s “Dubliners.” Edited by Deirdre Madden “All Over Ireland: New Irish Short Stories” features the likes of “Brooklyn” author Colm Tóibín as well as great writers whose names may be less familiar.

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IrishCentral’s August Book of the Month: “All Over Ireland: New Irish Short Stories.”

Author/Editor: Edited by Deirdre Madden and including short stories by authors such as Colm Toibín, Belinda McKeon, Eoin McNamee, Lucy Caldwell and Ita Daly.

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Genre: Short stories

Synopsis: “All Over Ireland,” edited by Deirdre Madden (“Molly Fox's Birthday,” “Time Present and Time Past”), continues the tradition of featuring the work of both new and established writers, including Colm Tóibín, Mary Morrissey, and Eoin McNamee. These diverse and accomplished stories, by turns dazzling, thoughtful and startling, bring new ideas and energy to the form and richly enhance the tradition of Irish fiction.

The full line up of authors includes:

  • "My New Life" by Andrew Fox
  • "The Comets" by Eoin McNamee
  • "Emergency" by Mary Morrissy
  • "For Keeps" by Belinda McKeon
  • "The Weather Project" by Selina Guinness
  • "Absent" by Michael Gilligan
  • "Killing Time" by Lucy Caldwell
  • "Villefranche" by Ita Daly
  • "Queen of the Night" by Natalie Ryan
  • "They'll Best You with Fun" by Kathleen Murray
  • "Ceremony" by Sean O'Reilly
  • "The Widow's Ferret" by Frank McGuinness
  • "Beneath Green Hills" by Eileen Casey
  • "The Journey to Galway" by Colm Tóibín

About the editor/author: Deirdre Madden is from Toomebridge, Co. Antrim. Her novels include “One by One in the Darkness,” “Authenticity,” “Molly Fox's Birthday” and, most recently, “Time Present and Time Past.” She has twice been shortlisted for the Orange Prize. She teaches at Trinity College, Dublin, and is a member of the Irish Arts Academy, Aosdána.

You can purchase “All Over Ireland” here.

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