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Dark Lies the Island by Kevin Barry, Jonathan Cape, €16.35. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.
Dark Lies the Island
For all its satire and snapshots of hyperreal characters, Dark Lies the Island is, not insignificantly, bookended by two love stories. Kevin Barry's distinctive linguistic exuberance is evident throughout his new collection, but even at their most outlandish, the stories tap into a vein of truth. They divide into small, overlapping groups linked by themes such as alcoholism or crime.
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