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Sifting: Uncle Ned and Other Stories

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  • “Sifting is refreshing and confident with a consistent voice that does not tell you the story but sings it to you. The author knows storytelling well and this collection is something of a love letter to the art of carrying a story and divulging it with heart.” —Kelly Creighton, Incubator
  • “I love it. It brought me back, and did exactly what a collection like this should do. I would highly recommend it.” —Fran Curry, Tipp FM
  • “In Sifting, Mike Mac Domhnaill’s striking first short story collection, the present is tattooed with the scars and marks of the past. . . . Mac Domhnaill is an accomplished stylist, and these are among the pieces that boast the rhythms and musical lilt of prose poetry. Sifting is a most impressive first collection.” —Irish Examiner
  • “Mike Mac Domhnaill's ambitious debut collection...blends elements of prose poetry with modernist storytelling techniques.” —Irish Times
  • “These people, places and situations are wonderfully observed; full of the wry humour and the lilt and roll of west Limerick. There is a richness and a verisimilitude to the dialogue and a natural rhythm to the language that draws in and holds the reader, who becomes an eavesdropper, present but unseen.” —Donal Ryan

Meet The Author

Mike Mac Domhnaill was the winner of RTÉ’s Francis MacManus Short Story Award in 2013. He has had numerous poetry and short stories published in NuaAois, An Cloigean is a Luach, The Stony Thursday Book, Microphone On, Dal gCais, LÁ, Weekly Observer, Limerick Leader, and Feasta. He has two books of poetry: Mac Baintrí/Widow’s Son (2009) and Macalla Maidu (2013). He currently lives in Newcastle West, County Limerick.

The fifteen short stories in this collection immerse readers in rural Ireland. They are full of singing and laughing, pranks and family disputes, desperation and comfort.

Mike Mac Domhnaill’s distinctive voice and prose-poetry-like writing style bring to life characters both familiar and vivid. He makes the visceral pain of grieving real, and forcefully reminds readers of the disconnect between memory and reality, and how that disparity has its own healing power.

The stories in Sifting are marked by an authenticity of character and dialogue, and peppered with references to Irish history and culture.

Weight 0.241 kg
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