Matters of Life & Death and Other Stories

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2006 - Fiction - 231 pages
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A new book from Bernard MacLaverty is a cause for celebration, but Matters of Life and Death is more than that. It is the finest collection yet from a contemporary master of the form.Beginning with the sudden terror of a family caught up in shocking sectarian violence, and ending with the whiteout of an Iowa blizzard and the fear of losing your way very far from home, this collection is about bonds made and broken, secret and known. In the extraordinary story "Up the Coast," a landscape painter discovers a place that makes her, finally, feel whole, only to have that communion shattered by an arbitrary act of aggression that will resonate throughout her life.Written with effortless skill and empathy, these stories are hauntingly real. MacLaverty's perfect attention to every detail, every nuance of idiom and character, remakes the world for us here on the page.
 

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MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH: Stories

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Eleven new stories from MacLaverty (The Anatomy School, 2002, etc.) reveal the Irish-born, Glasgow-resident writer's uncanny knack for elucidating character with telling phrases and homely details.The ... Read full review

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User Review  - SeanLong - LibraryThing

I finished Bernard MacLaverty's slim volume of 11 short stories, Matters of Life and Death and came away awestruck. As the title implies, it's about how we live with death, despite of which there is ... Read full review

Contents

On the Roundabout
1
The Clinic
49
A Trusted Neighbour
63
A Belfast Memory
89
The Wedding Ring
101
The Assessment 12 3
125
Up the Coast
141
Winter Storm
213
This
230
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Bernard MacLaverty lives in Glasgow.

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