Barnacle soup, and other stories from the west of Ireland

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Eastern Washington University Press, Mar 10, 2008 - Fiction - 142 pages
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Beautifully illustrated with specially commissioned linocuts, Barnacle Soup is a lyrical feast for all those who love hearing and reading stories. Ireland is known for its rich and vibrant storytelling. Josie Gray is a proud inheritor of this tradition, a yarn-spinner whose evocative and authentic stories are steeped in the rural west of Ireland community to which he belongs. Captivated by these tales, acclaimed poet Tess Gallagher worked with Gray to give his oral stories written form. The result is a stunning collection that preserves the intimacy, melody, and rhythm of Gray's voice.

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