Show Them a Good Time (Hardback)Nicole Flattery (author)
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An urgent and unforgettable collection of stories, Show Them a Good Time explores types - men and women, their assigned roles and meanings - in modern society.
A young, broke Irish woman narrates her relationship with a successful comedian in New York; two hapless university students take to the stage in a bid to assert their autonomy; a school teacher makes her way through a series of dead-end dates, gamely searching for love or distraction as the world teeters towards ruin.
The characters in these magnificently accomplished stories are haunted as much by the future as they are by their pasts. Exuberant, irreverent and loaded with dark humour, Show Them a Good Time marks the arrival of a strikingly original new Irish voice in fiction.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm
'Exhilarating. Flattery's judgments crackle with cruel, clear sight ... Flattery writes with empathy, freedom and virtuosic technique: this debut announces the arrival of a brilliant talent.' - Financial Times
'If tradition is the kitchen sink, Flattery removes it from the wall, smashes it to pieces, and dances all over it with delight. With a literary voice that is as sophisticated and erudite as it is spiky and hilarious, Flattery has taken the short story format into an exciting, energetic, and multifaceted dimension.' - Sunday Independent
'Startling, daring and dazzlingly dark.' - Colin Barrett
'Smart as a whip, unusual, and very very funny, Flattery's distinctive prose is a real treat.' - Claire-Louise Bennett
'Flattery tells the truth but tells it slant, so that from her sentences, to her symbolism, to her zany, often surrealist plots, her stories fizz with humour and surprise ... Flattery's writing - as subversive as it is original - has more than charm; acknowledging the terror, it celebrates the joy of humour in a hollow, imploding world.' - Irish Independent
'Not only distractingly brilliant, it will make you wild with envy.' - Caroline O'Donoghue
'One of the best short story collections I've read in a long while ... Bleakly hilarious, dark, weird. Read it!' - Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
A bright new voice in Irish literature. Think early Lorrie Moore, or the stories that launched Anne Enright's career. Flattery brings the reader through this world with ease, mixing the absurd with the workaday, trauma with humour.' - Irish Times
'Demands repeated reading. These stories are very funny, and very sad, usually at the same time. Which, as Flattery shows us brilliantly, is the best time.' - Jon McGregor
'I truly love and admire Nicole Flattery's writing. Show Them a Good Time is a masterclass in the short story - bold, irreverent and agonisingly funny - and it does full justice to its author's immense talent.' - Sally Rooney
'This collection woke me up and sucked me in. By turns absurdist, frightening and funny, Flattery's writing is never less than dazzling.' - Julia Armfield
'Irish women writers are on fire, and Nicole Flattery is yet a further brilliant example ... Ten smart stories about dating, relationships and the absurdities of modern life.' - Ones to Watch, Elle
'In recent years a vanguard of Irish writers, mostly women, has emerged to continue an Irish tradition: that of punching above its own literary weight. Flattery is its latest lodestar ... Flattery's work is striking from the get-go: exuberant, absurd, relevant but often oblique ... Tonally, [the stories] are at times reminiscent of the Greek film director Yorgos Lanthimos' deadpan, uncanny valley absurdism.' - Totally Dublin
'The first time I read Nicole Flattery I was captivated - the voice, the word choice, the oddest dramaturgical line. I thought, my god, she could be the Irish Miranda July.' - Gavin Corbett, Irish Times
'A ridiculously fantastic, funny and daring writer.' - John Patrick McHugh
'I first encountered Nicole Flattery's work through the Stinging Fly, and I'm forever grateful I did.' - Sally Rooney
'Show Them A Good Time by Nicole Flattery is enthralling from start to finish ... Flattery is assured in her words, her style evident from page to page.' - Storgy
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