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.
I have always liked an anthology and the fact that there is a common denominator between all these stories only makes them better!
Liberty Terrace is a fictional street in Cork City. These stories, set between 2016 and 2020, all have residents at their heart and are many and varied. While each tale is a stand-alone read, there are connections which only become clear as you make your way through the collection.
What a fabulous idea to have an anthology like this! I really enjoyed each story, and discovering the connections was the icing on the cake. Cleverly crafted and really well-written, this is an author to watch out for. A very moreish collection of stories and one it’s very hard to put aside. If you enjoy short reads with a common theme, this is one for you. I’m happy to recommend this one, and give it 4*.
My thanks to Francesca Whitting of Midas PR for bringing this novel to my attention and forwarding my copy; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
- Format: paperback
- Publisher: Doire Press
- Publication Date: 28 October 2021
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Madeleine D’Arcy was born in Ireland and later spent thirteen years in the UK.
She worked as a criminal legal aid solicitor and as a legal editor in London before returning to Cork City with her husband and son.
In 2010, she received the Hennessy First Fiction Award and the overall Hennessy Award of New Irish Writer.
- Website: https://www.madeleinedarcy.com
- Twitter: @MadeleineDL