Where Have You Been?

Where Have You Been?

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By (author) Joseph O'Connor

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  • Publisher: HARVILL SECKER
  • Format: Hardback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 144mm x 222mm x 33mm | 520g
  • Publication date: 4 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1846556899
  • ISBN 13: 9781846556890
  • Sales rank: 341,603

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"Where Have You Been?" is award-winning novelist Joseph O'Connor's first collection of short stories in more than twenty years. Ranging from urgently contemporary London and Dublin to New York's Lower East Side in the nineteenth century, from dark comedy to poignancy, from the wryly provocative to the quietly beautiful, these stories offer a gathering of dreamers and lost souls who contend with the confusions of living. Here are men without women, children parenting parents, residents of the uncertain country that is post-boom Ireland, emigrants, travellers, cheats and lovers, families, friends and foes. The focus is on those moments of the everyday when possibility seems to appear. A football match becomes an occasion of hard-won acceptances. An old acquaintance re-encountered plays mind-games in a bar. A fling between people who have almost nothing in common alters their lives forever. In Dublin, a desperately ill woman meets a tour guide in a hotel. A civil servant drives his father into Wicklow to say a final goodbye. A boy comes of age in a seaside town where everything is about to change. "Where Have You Been?" is a powerfully moving, entertaining and life-affirming read, from the internationally acclaimed author of "Star of the Sea", "Redemption Falls" and "Ghost Light".

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Joseph O'Connor was born in Dublin. His books include seven previous novels: Cowboys and Indians (Whitbread Prize shortlist), Desperadoes, The Salesman, Inishowen, Star of the Sea (American Library Association Award, Irish Post Award for Fiction, France's Prix Millepages, Italy's Premio Acerbi, Prix Madeleine Zepter for European novel of the year), Redemption Falls and Ghost Light (Dublin One City One Book Novel 2011). His fiction has been published in forty languages. He received the 2012 Irish PEN Award for outstanding achievement in literature and in 2014 he was appointed Frank McCourt Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Limerick. www.josephoconnorauthor.com

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"A masterclass display of versatility...mood and style in these richly concise, crisply written pieces are confidently varied, too...adding vitality to the virtuosity is a terrific ear for idiomatic speech" Sunday Times Books of the Year "O'Connor's first collection of short stories for 20 years reasserts a mastery of the form... An exhilarating array of sharp dialogue and biting one-liners... A fine compassionate collection" Irish Independent "Full of lovely, delicate perceptive stuff. Joseph O'Connor is in the tradition of masterly Irish writers of short fiction" The Scotsman "Joseph O'Connor's first short story collection in more than 20 years is worth the wait" -- Emma Hagestadt Independent "Playful but also at times sorrowful; it allows in great quantities of life, offering the dramas at times a dark edge but also the full glory of our earthly confusion." -- Colm Toibin Irish Times

Editorial reviews

A masterclass in versatility... Atmospheric vignettes bring O’Connor’s prose close to poetry... His terrific ear for idiomatic speech makes dialogue sizzle off the page... This outstanding collection exhibits the continuing vitality of the great Irish tradition of richly concise, crisply written stories that Joyce’s work began

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'A writer who reveals the power of the short story to speak for our time.' Irish Times PRAISE FOR GHOST LIGHT ‘Remarkable, radiant and captivating’ Independent ‘Displays typical imaginative virtuosity and emotional depth … wreathed in language of Joycean richness.’ Sunday Times ‘O’Connor’s writing is compellingly beautiful.’ Guardian ‘Displays an astonishing command of voice, using tones that are both tender and powerfully emotional.’ Colm Toibin, Daily Telegraph