Short Stories from Irish Writers

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Maeve Binchy was one of the most famous contemporary Irish writers—her books appeared on best-sellers’ lists and as a part of Oprah’s Book Club.  If you liked Binchy’s novels, try her short stories!

Maeve Binchy
A Few of the Girls: Stories
A collection of short stories from the Irish author of novels such as Evening Class (DB 44308). Most of the thirty-six stories explore themes of women and the relationships they build and maintain with lovers, family, and friends. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.


And here are a few other short story collections from Irish writers:

Edna O’Brien
The Love Object: Selected Stories
The thirty-one stories in this volume provide a portrait of Ireland. Vital themes include coming of age, the impact of class, and familial and romantic love. Some stories are linked, and some contain a sense of the comical. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.

Maeve Brennan
The Rose Garden: Short Stories
Twenty stories set in Dublin, Manhattan, and the New York area; most were published in the 1950s and 1960s in the New Yorker. The title piece reveals the secret world of a difficult-to-love Irish shopkeeper, Mary Lambert, now widowed after ten years of marriage and left with two children. 2000.

Anne Enright
Yesterday’s Weather
Thirty-one stories set in Ireland by the Man Booker Prize-winning author of “The Gathering” (DB 65634). In “Until the Girl Died,” a forgiving wife contemplates her husband’s infidelity after tragedy strikes. Includes the title work and “Here’s to Love.” Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.