Author(s): McHugh, John Patrick,
Date of Publication: 26/02/2021,
Pagination: 256 pages,
Imprint: New Island Books,
Published By: NEW ISLAND BOOKS ,
Book Classification: Fiction & related items,
This astonishing collection of stories draws the reader into a world at once familiar and deliciously strange – the world of a fictional island community off the coast of County Mayo. With an unflinching eye for injustice, cruelty and self-deceit, McHugh nonetheless approaches his cast of characters with a sincere and intelligent compassion. These stories bring to life not only the individual lives of human people, but the collective life of a whole community. In exquisite and arresting prose, this collection makes it clear that John Patrick McHugh is one of the most exciting writers working in Ireland today.
— Sally Rooney
Set on an imagined island off the west coast of Ireland, John Patrick McHugh’s debut collection of stories conjures a complete and varied cast of characters – some lost, some lonely, many dreaming and others self-deceiving. With nuance, compassion and the darkest humour, McHugh casts a bold eye on masculinity, family and class, friendships and betrayal, and embeds us in the moments on which a life can twist and turn.
Pure Gold heralds the arrival of a vibrant new literary voice.