A National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree
Winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, the "e;Guardian"e; First Book Award, and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature
Enter the small, rural town of Glanbeigh, a place whose fate took a downturn with the Celtic Tiger, a desolate spot where buffoonery and tension simmer and erupt, and booze-sodden boredom fills the corners of every pub and nightclub. Here, and in the towns beyond, the young live hard and wear the scars. Amongst them, there s jilted Jimmy, whose best friend Tug is the terror of the town and Jimmy s sole company in his search for the missing Clancy kid; Bat, a lovesick soul with a face like a bowl of mashed up spuds even before Nubbin Tansey s boot kicked it in; and Arm, a young and desperate criminal whose destiny is shaped when he and his partner, Dympna, fail to carry out a job. In each story, a local voice delineates the grittiness of post boom Irish society. These are unforgettable characters rendered through silence, humor, and violence.
Told in Barrett s vibrant, distinctive prose, "e;Young Skins"e; is an accomplished and irreverent debut from a singular new voice in contemporary fiction."e;