Fishing the Sloe-Black River: Stories

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Macmillan, Feb 1, 2004 - Fiction - 208 pages
19 Reviews

The short fiction of Colum McCann documents a dizzying cast of characters in exile, loss, love, and displacement. There is the worn boxing champion who steals clothes from a New Orleans laundromat, the rumored survivor of Hiroshima who emigrates to the tranquil coast of Western Ireland, the Irishwoman who journeys through America in search of silence and solitude. But what is found in these stories, and discovered by these characters, is the astonishing poetry and peace found in the mundane: a memory, a scent on the wind, the grace in the curve of a street. Fishing the Sloe-Black River is a work of pure augury, of the channeling and re-spoken lives of people exposed to the beauty of the everyday.

 

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Review: Fishing the Sloe-Black River

User Review  - Theresa - Goodreads

Another Colum McCann piece that I loved so much. He writes so well. He makes the most mundane parts of life into poetic stories. Thanks, Colum. Reading your works always means a page turner! Read full review

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User Review  - Kathy - Goodreads

The story A Word in Edgewise is pure perfection. Ah, to have had a friend like that with me through life. This is so good I just can't see why AS the Great World Spins has been his most popular. Read full review

Contents

Sisters
1
Breakfast for Enrique
25
A Basket Full of Wallpaper
39
Through the Field
55
Stolen Child
71
Step We Gaily On We Go
89
A Word in Edgewise
113
From Many One
129
Along the Riverwall
173
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About the author (2004)

Colum McCann is the author of books including This Side of Brightness, Zoli, Songdogs and Let the Great World Spin. He has received the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, a Pushcart Prize, and was named the first winner of the Grace Kelly Memorial Foundation Award and the Princess Grace Memorial Literary Award. He lives in New York City.

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