Heart of Burren Stone
A collection of short stories

Ré Ó Laighléis

ISBN 0-9532777-2-0

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National and international award-winning author Ré Ó Laighléis gives us a collection that is disturbingly provocative, yet permeated throughout by a humane and perceptive sensitivity. His stories alternate between the serious and the witty. Set against both urban and rural backgrounds, these stories range in location from England to the United States and from France to Ireland North and South, with a concentration on the Burren.

Ó Laighléis is equally adept whether handling the loss of childhood innocence in cosmopolitan Dublin or remotest rural Ireland, the depravity that, at times, replaces such innocence in adult years, or the twists in life that determine happiness and misery. His characters bear all the frailty and vulnerability that epitomise the difficulty of survival in contemporary society.

Whether the tragicomedy of two nine-year-olds arguing their political corners on Northern Ireland’s Garvaghy Road, the conniving roguery of a Burren publisher or the pain-filled dilemma of a dying cancer patient in a Boston hospital appealing to be assisted on his way – there is an unnerving universality to Ó Laighléis’ writing.

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