The third volume of stories by the author of "At the Water's Edge". In the title story, a man's idea of interior decor wildly surpasses his wife's more humble aspirations. In "Ruby's Big Night", a lonely widow dreams of glory on the ballroom floor and finds both disappointment and fulfilment.
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Moy McCrory is author of the acclaimed novel 'The Fading Shrine', and two collections of short stories, the more recent of which, 'Bleeding Sinners', was described by the 'Irish Times' as 'Generous, compassionate and, to coin a phrase, bloody marvellous.'
In this new collection the breadth and generosity of McCrory's imagination is again superbly displayed. Wry and observant, these are gentle, comic tales of likeable, ordinary people: of Clothilde who has waited fifty years to visit London but doesn't get much beyond Euston station; of Flanagan, the drunken rat catcher, reliving the night on which he saw a mermaid; and of Ruby, dreaming of glory on the ballroom floor. 'Those Sailing Ships of His Boyhood Dreams' is Moy McCrory at her very best.
'The Fading Shrine' is also available in Flamingo
'The glint of McCrory's wit is always visible, even when she is telling tales of wasted lives. A relentlessly truthful writer, her gift is to demonstrate how, even after chances have been lost, survival is possible.'
PENNY PERRICK, 'Sunday Times'
'Moy McCrory is on the side of the dreamers and hopers, and struck by her characters' good points and their quaintness, her underlying attitude is one of fond appreciation. These are likeable and entertaining stores.'
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'McCrory's book of stories finds an endearing eccentricity in the daily lives of ordinary people. Quirky, moving and touchingly believable.'
'Poignant, bleak and quietly funny.'
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Book Description Book Condition: Good. Tanning to page edges. Minor wear to cover edges. Bookseller Inventory # T006396