Matters of Life and Death

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Vintage, 2007 - Short stories, English - 240 pages
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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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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

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About the author (2007)

Bernard MacLaverty lives in Glasgow. He has written four collections of stories and four novels, including Grace Notes which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award. He has written versions of his fiction for other media -- radio plays, television plays, screenplays -- and wrote and directed the short film "Bye Child "which recently won a BAFTA award.

"From the Hardcover edition.

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