eBOOK TITLE: Quare Hawks
GENRE: Literary fiction, short stories, contemporary Irish fiction
DESCRIPTION: Quare Hawks, Eddie Stack’s third collection of stories, contains 13 tales that span Ireland’s boom to burst years, and are peopled by weird and wonderful characters. There’s the love starved lady poet, who falls for a married man. There’s a cross-dresser who loves flowers and is afraid of cops. Stack has stories about loss of virginity and loss of life. He tells of drinkers, scammers and crustys, and a psychotic genius who paints the town red once and a while. The stories are varied and range in length and themes. Some are in a traditional setting and others combine Irish magic realism with the everyday. They all have a sense of place and style in the best Irish writing tradition. The final story is about an American shrink who moves to Ireland and attends to the Irish and more.
Of his writing journey Eddie Stack says: “I grew up in a small pub in the west of Ireland. My family was musical and there were a few poets on my father’s side. A friend of my parents, Caitlin MacNamara was married to Dylan Thomas, so I heard a lot of talk about him when I was growing up. A few old storytellers used drink in our pub and they used tell me tales in Irish. Scéalta grinn they were called, funny stories. The first bit of writing I did was in Irish — I wrote a short poem when I was 10 or 11. Then I remember putting words to a tune and turning it into a song when I was in my early teens. I flirted with poetry for a good while before trying my hand at short stories. It took me years to figure out how to craft a good story. And more years passed before I got one published. That was a story called ‘For the Record’, and it was published in a literary review that also included Seamus Heaney, John McGaharn, Kathleen Raine and others. After that, a few doors began to open for me.”
“Quare Hawks is a collision between old and new Ireland. Both heartbreaking and hilarious, and hopeful and despairing. Eddie Stack has a way of making you laugh and cry at the same time. A brilliant collection from a great Irish storyteller.” Willy Vlautin, author of Lean on Pete, Motel Life and Northline
From Mel Ulm at The Reading Life: “Eddie Stack (County Clare, Ireland) is a great storyteller. His works, often set in the West of Ireland, are beautifully written and a great pleasure to read. Stack is one of Ireland’s most famous contemporary authors. He has been reviewed with great favor by publications like The New York Times, The Observer and The San Francisco Chronicle. The people in his stories may just be “ordinary people” but there is nothing ordinary about the Irish and Stack does a wonderful job of proving this point. There are 13 excellent stories in Quare Hawks. I recommend it to anyone who likes a good story, especially one set in the west of Ireland. Stack’s stories are a delight to read, wonderfully written and have a strong insight into the human condition.”
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