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Book Title: The Things We Lose, The Things We Leave Behind: and other short stories|
The author of the book: Billy O'Callaghan
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Edition: New Island Books
Date of issue: September 6th 2013
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The Things We Lose, the Things We Leave Behind is a new collection by Billy O'Callaghan that explores everyday existence in the aftermath of cataclysms both subtle and overt. The characters who populate these stories are people afflicted by life and circumstance, hauled from some idyll and confronted with such real world problems as divorce, miscarriage, cancer, desertion, bereavement and the disintegration of love.
From the tale of an institutionalised orphan boy in 1950s Ireland sold into servitude as a farm labourer, to the Sevillian matador who in a single misstep has fallen into a life of obscurity, and on through to the poignant title story of a man returning to his island home to see again the child that he abandoned, these are stories about picking up the shattered pieces and finding among them some glint of value, and some way to survive.
In The Second Coming, Yeats wrote: "Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold." Yet here the reader is offered evidence to the contrary, with the suggestion that the human heart boasts extraordinary resilience and is possessed of an ability to find redemption in the most unexpected of places. In the face of tragedy we re-evaluate ourselves. We bear the guilt, sorrow and regret for the things we have lost or given up, we seek the light, and we endure. These thirteen stories attempt to illuminate the darkness.
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Read information about the authorBilly O'Callaghan was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1974. He is the author of three short story collections - ‘In Exile’ and ‘In Too Deep’ (2008 and 2009 respectively, Mercier Press), and 'The Things We Lose, the Things We Leave Behind' (2013, New Island Books), which won a Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Award and was named Cork's 'One City, One Book' for 2017 - and a novel, 'The Dead House' (2017, Brandon/O'Brien Press, and forthcoming in the U.S., in May 2018, with Arcade/Skyhorse Publishing).
His work has won and been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Award, the Costa Short Story Award, the George A. Birmingham Short Story Award, the Sean O'Faolain Short Story Award, the Faulkner/Wisdom Award, the Glimmer Train Open Fiction Award, and the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award, and he has received Bursaries for literature from the Arts Council of Ireland and the Cork County Council. He has also been shortlisted four times for the RTE Radio 1 P.J. O'Connor Drama Award and, in 2014, was selected as Ireland's sole representative for UNESCO's ongoing Cities of Literature project.
His stories have been broadcast nationally on RTE Radio's 'The Book on One', Sunday Miscellany and the Francis MacManus Awards series, and have appeared in more than 100 magazines and literary journals around the world, including: Absinthe: New European Writing, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, the Bellevue Literary Review, Bliza, the Chattahoochee Review, Confrontation, the Emerson Review, the Fiddlehead, Hayden’s Ferry Review, the Kenyon Review, the Kyoto Journal, the Los Angeles Review, the London Magazine, Narrative Magazine, Per Contra, Ploughshares, Salamander, the Saturday Evening Post, Southeast Review, Southword, Valparaiso Fiction Review, Versal, & Yuan Yang - a journal of Hong Kong and International Writing.
His new novel, 'My Coney Island Baby', will be published in January 2019 by Jonathan Cape (UK) & Harper (US), and a new short story collection is scheduled for release in 2020.