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The Pale Gold of Alaska

And Other Stories

By (author) Ellis Ni Dhuibhne
Genres: Short stories
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Blackstaff Press Ltd, Belfast, United Kingdom
Published: 31st Aug 2000
Dimensions: w 138mm h 216mm
ISBN-10: 0856406678
ISBN-13: 9780856406676
Barcode No: 9780856406676
Synopsis
A collection of short stories by Eilis Ni Dhuibhne. Dealing with the search for love, with its loss, and with its discovery in surprising places and circumstances, the stories are a fusion of tender compassion and unflinching candour.

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Kirkus UK
Writing in the sort of light, luminous prose that's quite simply spellbinding, Irish author Dhuibhne is a master of the understated and poetic short story and in this new collection she demonstrates the peculiar beauty of this genre, and its ability to capture a fleeting moment with exquisite veracity. Her stories initially seem simply spun but like a gossamer web they prove richly intricate and rewarding. Loosely linking each story is the theme of love, but like the emotion itself Dhuibhne's canvas is broad, encompassing love cherished, love denied and love that tramples through life, demanding vivid expression. With her sure touch and emotional candour, coupled with a compassion that permeates every page, she reminds one of Rosamond Lehmann, who wrote with similar perspicacity of the strange shores of the human heart. A young Irish girl emigrates to America and finds unexpected love in the arms of a Blackfoot Indian, a TV producer finds that passion can levy a heavy price and, in one of the volume's best offerings, 'The Day Elvis Presley Died', a woman looks at the way life has subtly - and painfully - subverted her youthful expectations. These are just a few of the remarkable stories in what's one of the most fluid, graceful collections of recent years - stories that amply repay rereading and will touch a chord with anyone who's ever loved. (Kirkus UK)