Delighted to share with you today my review for a new title from Doire Press, Liberty Terrace by Madeleine D’Arcy. Many thanks to Midas PR for bringing this title to my attention and for sending me an EBook copy to read and review.
ISBN: 978-1-907682-86-5| Pages: 200 | Published: 28th Oct 2021 Available from Doire Press
Liberty Terrace features a bevy of characters who reside in a fictional area of Cork City in the period 2016 to 2020. The inhabitants of Liberty Terrace come and go, and their lives occasionally intersect in stories that are sometimes funny, sometimes dark, often both. The cast of characters includes retired Garda Superintendent Deckie Google, a young homeless squatter, the mother of an autistic child working part-time as a Census Enumerator, the dysfunctional Callinan family, an ageing rock star, a trio of ladies who visit a faith healer, a philandering husband, as well as a surprising number of cats and dogs. These stories shed light on how we lived before and during the Covid-19 pandemic, on what we care about and on what, if anything, we can truly count on.
A fantastic set of interconnecting short stories based on the residents of a fictional area of Cork City.
Each short tale is a stand alone read but as you will find as you read along, are linked in different ways by the different characters mentioned throughout the book. The stories are varied, some heart warming, others a little darker, but all with a wonderful human emotional connection that allow the reader to really feel for the characters involved.
Young and old, families which are together and some which are apart all made for a great selection of themes and topics. Deftly detailed and effectively written meant I was quickly immersed into each new story allowing me to get the most out of each short look into the life of the characters. Packed to the rafters with emotion and showing this author has a great talent at portraying the everyday life of those who’s life isn’t necessarily always everyday. I really liked the way they were all interconnected making the book feel more of a whole.
An author that I will certainly keep an ear out for further works.
About Doire Press
Doire Press was founded in the autumn of 2007 in Connemara by Lisa Frank, with skills and experience in editing and publishing, and by John Walsh, who had just received a publication award from the Galway County Council Arts Office to publish his second poetry collection, Love’s Enterprise Zone.
Since then, Doire Press has continued to blossom, finding its niche in publishing new and emerging writers who give voice to what it means to be Irish in a changing Ireland. Authors include Madeleine D’Arcy, Edward Boyne, Gerry Galvin, Susan Millar Du Mars, Adam White, Breda Wall Ryan, Willian Wall, Eamon Carr, Stephanie Conn, Simon Lewis, Amanda Bell, Annemarie Ní Churreáin, and Rosemary Jenkinson.
Doire Press gratefully acknowledges the support of the Arts Council of Ireland and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland which have funded many of our publications.
About Madeleine D’Arcy
MADELEINE D’ARCY is an Irish fiction writer. A former solicitor, she lived in the UK for 13 years before returning to live in Cork City with her husband and her son in 1999. Madeleine’s first Doire Press short story collection ‘Waiting for the Bullet’ was awarded the 2015 Edge Hill Readers’ Prize’ from Edge Hill University in Ormskirk. In 2010 she received a Hennessy X.O Literary Award for First Fiction as well as the overall Hennessy X.O Literary Award for New Irish Writer. Her stories have been short-listed and commended in many competitions, including the William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen Short Story Competition, Fish Short Story Prize, the Bridport Prize and the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition. Madeleine has been awarded bursaries by the Arts Council of Ireland and by Cork City Council. Madeleine was a scholarship student on the inaugural MA in Creative Writing 2013-2014 in University College Cork. Waiting for the Bullet is Madeleine’s debut collection of short stories.