Duffy’s accomplished debut is hard to pin down

Fiction; This Living and Immortal Thing; By Austin Duffy; Granta, €17.25

24th January, 2016
Austin Duffy

Also, he admits early on in an encounter with a Russian woman outside the hospital: “Humans are tricky . . . unpredictable.” His own marriage is a case in point. His wife Yvonne, a fellow doctor, is pregnant after several failed rounds of IVF. She is back in Ireland, though, where she is having an affair with a colleague.

Does the narrator know about the infidelity? Does he understand the consequences? Is the baby even his?...

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