If you liked Young Skins by Colin Barrett, you'll love Megan Gail Coles's 2014 short fiction debut
This interview originally aired on Nov. 23, 2019.
Young Skins by Irish writer Colin Barrett is a 2013 debut collection of short stories that are equal parts irreverent, gritty and psychologically complex.
The Next Chapter listener Terry Doyle says that 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlisted author Megan Gail Coles's 2014 short story collection Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome is the perfect Canadian companion to that book.
Young Skins by Colin Barrett
"Both books are full of longing and longing to escape. Both are also about accepting fate and they're both deeply rooted in place in dealing with Ireland and Newfoundland's history of diaspora. They examine this feeling of connection or disconnection from a place — or the push and pull back to that place."
"I think both books are authentic and timeless. The characters crackle with desire. They both have black humour but with substance. I think the prose styles are a little different but the content of these stories feel similar to me. Both authors are the same age and I think both of these books give a great view of contemporary life both in Ireland and in Canada."
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Terry Doyle's comments have been edited for length and clarity.