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  • Published: 4 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781446476390
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

Where Have You Been?




A deeply moving collection of stories from the bestselling author of Star of the Sea

Ranging from urgently contemporary London and Dublin to New York's Lower East Side in the nineteenth century, from dark comedy to poignancy, from the wryly provocative to the quietly beautiful, these stories - Joseph O'Connor's first collection in more than twenty years - offer a gathering of dreamers and lost souls who contend with the confusions of living.

Here are men without women, children parenting parents, residents of the uncertain country that is post-boom Ireland, emigrants, travellers, cheats and lovers, families,friends and foes.

  • Published: 4 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781446476390
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

About the author

Joseph O'Connor

Joseph O’Connor was born in Dublin. His books include eight previous novels: Cowboys and Indians (Whitbread Prize shortlist), Desperadoes, The Salesman, Inishowen, Star of the Sea (American Library Association Award, Irish Post Award for Fiction, France’s Prix Millepages, Italy’s Premio Acerbi, Prix Madeleine Zepter for European novel of the year), Redemption Falls, Ghost Light (Dublin One City One Book Novel 2011) and The Thrill of it All. His fiction has been translated into forty languages. He received the 2012 Irish PEN Award for outstanding achievement in literature and in 2014 he was appointed Frank McCourt Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Limerick.

www.josephoconnorauthor.com

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Praise for Where Have You Been?

A masterclass display of versatility...mood and style in these richly concise, crisply written pieces are confidently varied, too...adding vitality to the virtuosity is a terrific ear for idiomatic speech

Sunday Times Books of the Year

O’Connor’s first collection of short stories for 20 years reasserts a mastery of the form... An exhilarating array of sharp dialogue and biting one-liners... A fine compassionate collection

Irish Independent

Full of lovely, delicate perceptive stuff. Joseph O'Connor is in the tradition of masterly Irish writers of short fiction

The Scotsman

Joseph O'Connor's first short story collection in more than 20 years is worth the wait

Emma Hagestadt, Independent

Playful but also at times sorrowful; it allows in great quantities of life, offering the dramas at times a dark edge but also the full glory of our earthly confusion.

Colm Toibin, Irish Times

O’Connor handles poignancy and melancholy with such assurance

Alastair Mabbott, Herald

Superb – very moving and also very sharp… O’Connor has a lovely touch for the nuances of important moments

William Leith, Evening Standard

Some mischievous, caustically funny stories alongside those with a more melancholy spirit

Daily Telegraph

Subtle and beautiful, poignant and perceptive... A fabulous assortment, that will move its readers both to tears and to laughter

Good Book Guide

The seven short stories and one titular novella in this collection are studies of pained love, bereavement, mental disturbance, suicide, economic hardship and thwarted ambition. But this is not a bleak book, and the final novella, despite its grim themes of loss and mental illness, ends in wistful harmony. There is a gentleness and a fellow feeling extended to these bruised lives of quiet despair

Ronan McDonald, Times Literary Supplement

O’Connor’s pin-sharp descriptions are beautifully contrasted with the stark simplicity of the stories, but he teaches a masterclass in what’s better left unspoken, whether the death of a child too raw to detail or the story of a mother “too painful to tell here”. Individually these stories are quietly unassuming gems; together, a powerful ode to modern Ireland

Lucy Scholes, Independent

A master at work

Irish Examiner

Ireland's greatest storyteller

Sunday Independent

A masterclass in versatility... Atmospheric vignettes bring O’Connor’s prose close to poetry... His terrific ear for idiomatic speech makes dialogue sizzle off the page... This outstanding collection exhibits the continuing vitality of the great Irish tradition of richly concise, crisply written stories that Joyce’s work began

Sunday Times

An exhilarating array of sharp dialogue and biting one-liners worthy of Hugh Leonard, his fiction charts the fragility of relationships, the cruelty of chance and circumstance throwing people together only to shatter their lives, the nightmare of distrust and guilt stirred by memory, and the stark fear of separation and being left alone in the stillness of the night

Irish Independent

Joseph O’Connor’s first collection of short stories in 20 years sees […] the author once again showcase the kind of effortlessly comic demotic cadences that first endured him to readers

Daragh Reddin, Metro

Written with assurance and tenderness […] Joseph O’Connor is in the tradition of masterly Irish writers of short fiction

Allan Massie, Scotsman

A multi-layered, thought-provoking collection that might bring with it a bout of sweet nostalgia

Maia Nikitina, BookMunch

A masterclass display of versatility... mood and style in these richly concise, crisply written pieces are confidently varied, too... adding vitality to the virtuosity is a terrific ear for idiomatic speech

Peter Kemp, Sunday Times

A writer who reveals the power of the short story to speak for our time

Irish Times

O’Connor is a gifted storyteller… [He] has a wonderful ear for dialogue and is a master of the telling phrase

Brian Maye, Irish Times

This collection is beautiful; full of pure, simple truths that linger long in the mind

Philip Womack, New Humanist

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