A Slanting of the Sun, the first collection of short stories from Donal Ryan, author of The Spinning Heart and The Thing About December will be published next month.
Ryan’s breakthrough short novel, The Spinning Heart won the Guardian First Book Award in 2013, and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize the same year. The novel won Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Literary Award in 2014.
According to the publisher many of the short stories involve "emotional bonds forged by traumatic events caused by one of the characters" – between an old man and the frightened young burglar left to guard him while his brother is beaten; between another young man and the mother of a girl whose death he caused when he crashed his car; between a lonely middle-aged shopkeeper and her assistant.
Other stories in the much anticipated 208-page collection, include an account of an Irish priest in a war-torn Syrian town who teaches its young men the art of hurling, while in another an African refugee deals with life in Ireland.
A Slanting of the Sun is published on September 24.