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The River Field

The River Field


By John MacKenna

'John MacKenna's short stories are a wonder'- The Irish Times

Trade paperback |324pp | ISBN: 978-1-90549-478-1 | Release Date: 01-10-2007

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This magnificent collection of short stories by one of Ireland's finest writers is set over the centuries and bound by one connecting factor - a field near the author's beloved Castledermot, Co. Kildare. Each story showcases MacKenna's incredible gift of capturing a moment, an emotion, a time in sensuous yet stark language. Praise for John MacKenna:

Praise for John MacKenna

His restrained, limpid style and rural settings are reminiscent of McGahern.
— The Irish Times
A consummately skilled author.
— The Guardian
His stories are imbued with an intense eroticism which sharpens the character’s memories and softens the harsh Irish landscapes in which they live.
— The Sunday Times
A writer whose emotional success rarely falters.
— The Irish Times