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In Homesickness, A quiet night in a local pub is shattered by the arrival of a sword-wielding fugitive; a funeral party teeters on the edge of this world and the next, as ghosts simply won't lay in wake; a shooting sees a veteran policewoman confront the banality of her own existence; and an aspiring writer grapples with his father's cancer diagnosis and in his despair wreaks havoc on his mentor's life.
Colin Barrett is from County Mayo, Ireland. His debut collection Young Skins won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the Guardian First Book Award, and was a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree. From 2018-20 he was the Rolex Arts Initiative Literary Protege, mentored by Colm Tóibín. His stories have appeared in the New Yorker, the Stinging Fly, New Statesman, Harper’s Magazine, and on BBC Radio 4.
Colin Barrett will be in conversation with Molly McCloskey, author most recently of the novel Straying. Molly lived in Ireland for 25 years before settling in D.C. in 2014. Her books have twice been shortlisted at the annual Irish Books Awards, and she has won awards for her short stories, including a 2021 Pushcart Prize for “A Little Like God,” published in McSweeney’s. Her work has appeared in the Guardian (UK), the Irish Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Dublin Review, and elsewhere.