Walking the Dog and Other Stories

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Random House, Feb 28, 2011 - Fiction - 208 pages
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The long-awaited new collection from Bernard MacLaverty examines worlds in collision, relationships fragmenting, innocence face to face with real life, real death. A Catholic schoolboy minding goal has a theological debate with a B-Special; a chess game in Spain is a catalyst for grief and redemption; a Belfast man out walking his dog is kidnapped at gunpoint and told to say his ABC. . .

Interwoven through the book are wry, elliptical 'stories within stories' about fiction and the writing of it, featuring 'your man' -a comically beleaguered alter ego. Acting as foils to the brilliance of the real thing, these very short pieces point up the tough lyricism of MacLaverty's work. As always, his writing is vivid, exact and pellucid, his characters perfectly observed, the surface of the prose deceptively still. It is only once we enter the world of the stories that we begin to make out the huge shapes that move there: loss, love, disappointment, fierce joy.

WALKING THE DOG has been worth waiting for: it is a powerful, honest and moving book by one of the great storytellers of our age.

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WALKING THE DOG: and Other Stories

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

From this gifted Irish writer (living now in Glasgow), nine crystalline, quiet stories—the voice here is never raised even slightly—showing that the simple stuff of plain life can make for the ... Read full review

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User Review  - lriley - LibraryThing

A short story collection where between each story MacLaverty takes a page or two to make pithy asides to his readers. The title story set in Belfast during the troubles has a man routinely at the end ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Bernard MacLaverty lives in Glasgow. He has written five collections of stories and four other 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 and television plays, screenplays and libretti.

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