That Old Country Music by Kevin Barry, review


“It’s a heroic path and it generally ends dangerously.” This epigraph by the film-maker Jane Campion on the romantic impulse is a fitting start to Kevin Barry’s third collection of stories, That Old Country Music. As with his previous award-winning collections There Are Little Kingdoms and Dark Lies the Island, this one features people on the margins and the fleeting connections they form with the wider world.Many of the 11 stories are anti-romantic in nature. Princes and saviours… That Old Country Music by Kevin Barry, review