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Modern Times

Modern Times

The stories in this collection range from the absurd: a world beset by a sickness that slowly turns everyone blue; a woman who rears a child that gets older, but never ages; a wife making friends with her husband’s sex-doll – to the sublime: a man reconnecting with his estranged daughter through homemade movies filmed on a non-existent camera, a woman saving a child from a train wreck.
They are beguiling and utterly, unabashedly unique; each formed pearl-like, iridescent, lapidary and uncracked; reminiscent of Samuel Beckett, Lydia Davis and the fable-like stories of Angela Carter, yet unlike anything you’ve read before. They herald the arrival of a truly special fiction writer, capable of creating whole worlds in a handful of pages.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Fiction: Special Features / Short Stories

On Sale: 23rd July 2020

Price: £16.99

ISBN-13: 9781474618502


Cathy Sweeney's stories have already attracted a band of fanatical devotees, and this first collection is as marvellous as we could have hoped for. A unique imagination, a brilliant debut.
Kevin Barry, author of NIGHT BOAT TO TANGIER
Modern Times, Cathy Sweeney's inventive debut collection, offers snapshots of an unsettling, dislocated world. Surprising and uncanny, funny and transgressive, these stories only look like distortions of reality.
Irish Times
I loved this collection. It vibrates with a glorious strangeness! Magnificently weird, hugely entertaining, deeply profound.
Danielle McLaughlin, author of DINOSAURS ON OTHER PLANETS
In Modern Times, Cathy Sweeney gives us fables of the present that are funny, vertiginous and melancholy.
David Hayden, author of DARKER WITH THE LIGHTS ON