Matters of Life and Death
Any book of stories from Bernard MacLaverty is a cause for celebration, but Matters of Life and Death is more than that, as it is - without question - one of the finest contemporary examples of the short story as a genre.
Beginning with the sudden, nauseating terror of a family caught up in an explosion of shocking sectarian violence and ending with the white-out of an Iowa blizzard and a different kind of fear, Matters of Life and Death is a book about bonds and connections, made and broken, secret and known. Vivid, beautifully controlled and written with effortless skill and empathy, these stories are object lessons in the art of short fiction.
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MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH: StoriesUser 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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