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Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs: A Historical Guide kI continue to be blown away by the talent of Irish author Mary Costello Taken together these stories comprise a series of studies in loneliness loss memory regret solitude and meditation All are good several are gems Protagonists are both male and female and Costello is adept at penetrat From BBC Radio 4 Extra DebutNiamh Cusack reads this sharply observed story about a marriage in crisis from Mary Costello s acclaimed debut collection No dying Frank O Hara wrote that prescription in his Ode to Joy Mary Costello s The China Factory is a collection of short stories by an author who decided not to take his advice This book consists of a dozen tales and many of them are drenched in mortality the way baba au rhum is drenched in well rhum I found myself wanting to invoke a stereotype that Irish writers tend towards dourness Well there is James Joyce s Dubliners and you tend to remember the way The Dead colors all the other stories in that collection And Beckett of course It doesn t get much darker than Beckett s fetishization of absurdism Yeats can be pretty dour when he s not levitating in love You could go down an Irish checklist and say dark heart dark heart dark heart But then there are writers to disprove a sloppy generalization like that Oscar Wilde Well the plays Much of the poetry might bolster the argument And then even the darker Irish writers have that black Irish humor that must be mother s milk in that soggy climate that oppressive greyness But there have been recent Irish novelists whose bestsellers break the paradigm maybe suggesting that much of the darkness was due to darker times when stifling provincialism and colonialism and poverty and Catholic repression played strong roles in coloring the literature Costello s collection is a gathering of dour stories And they don t resort to black humor to offer the reader any comic relief But because they are for the most part well made stories and because they have worthwhile things to say you tend not to mind the bleakness Or I tended not to mind Here is a brief breakdown of my impression of the stories with synopses following their order in the collection The title story sets the tone for the rest of the collection A young woman with a future works briefly in a china factory near her home She mixes with people who may not match her future station in life But she wants to fit in to pass She dissimulates Carpooling with two older near neighbors a man and a woman she comes to be invested emotionally in the life of the older man driving her to work each day But only in a rather voyeuristic way He is a loner in life and an outcast in the workplace the china factory A traumatizing event happens in the workplace People are on the verge of beingilled by a madman The outcast saves many lives and receives no recognition for this The young woman moves on to her next phase of life Later she learns of his lonely death This inability to speak one s mind one s soul will afflict many characters in the stories which follow It s probably the dominant theme of the collection emotional paralysis I found the second story You Fill Up My Senses to be one of my favorites in the book A young girl narrates her family life She lives on a farm with her mother father grandmother and a younger sister and brother The hardness of farm life is brought home and there is a magical sort of connection the young mother shares with her children almost as if she were another wiser sibling This story felt almost like a description of farm life from centuries ago But there would be occasional mentions of technology to indicate the tale takes place in our time It was the rhythm of the prose matching the rhythms of farm life and chores which made it feel timeless and almost anachronistic but in an interesting way The child begins to feel a psychological break with her family with regard to their treatment of animals The story is ultimately about the impending loss of "THE MOTHER AND THE CHILD S "mother and the child s of this So two divides open up at once It was darkly beautiful and difficult to process because of the verisimilitude Things I See is another tale about emotional paralysis A wife and mother to a young girl is in a relationship which has reached a difficult stretch Her sister stay over for an extended period as a house guest The sister is an accomplished cellist and a free spirit

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reader senses where this is going or at least one part of that going The adultery is foreseeable But Costello isn t really interested in surprising you with plot twists in any of these stories She s much interested here in crafting studies in often excruciating passivity The tale marshals its energy to create taut prose which runs on the tension between extreme passivity and an extreme adulation of someone who is doing you wrong The reader ends up feeling trapped inside that paralyzed body which can only see and not react or speak out I wonder if this tack might lead to some readers experiencing emotional claustrophobia themselves The Patio Man is about a random stranger a gardener suddenly being thrown into the The Patio Man is about a random stranger a gardener suddenly being thrown into the of a woman s miscarriage He is the one who must drive his employer a virtual stranger to the hospital when the tragic event occurs I didn t feel this tale was as fleshed out as the others but it had a different feel which might have added to the gestalt of the collection This Falling Sickness is a doubly dark tale in that it is about the problematic death of an ex how does one grieve this which is inextricably bound up with the memory of the loss of a child which the remarried protagonist once had with that ex This is a tale where Costello really works well with the images which tell her tale There are weird echoes and resonances with the theme of falling in this story The death of her young son in an auto accident is indelibly scored on her mind as the image of him falling after the arc of his thrown body surrenders to the pull of gravity Her ex dies by falling while mountain climbing After her ex s funeral a young epileptic with the falling sickness has a tragic episode by the grave This tale might be accused of wallowing a bit particularly An elderly schoolteacher recalls the single act of youthful passion that changed her life forever; a young gardener has an unsettling encounter with a suburban housewife; a wife who miscalculated the guarantees of marriage embarks upon an online affair And in the title story a teenage girl strikes up an unlikely friendship with a lonely bachelorLove loss betrayal Gri. ,

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Was filled with terror and shame at what had just happened But then later as they were leaving he said I m going to get you a pup for next summer and he took away some of her shame She would have liked him to hold her hand or Citrus: A History kiss her hair or something before they went back down the mountain from The Sewing Room The sickness had been inside him for months In early spring he walked through the land going deeper into the fields to the last hill He moved up the slope and stood on the summit and was caught suddenly by the ground shifting He began to list as if on a ship He turned his head and saw the dark mouths of foxes dens along the ditch Once when he was baling hay late on a summer s evening he saw a vixen approach her den A clutch of young cubs peeped out anxious and at the sight of the mother came scrambling over each other not orphaned at all He imagined them all moving underneath him now loosening the earth tumbling through dark tunnels a teeming world of foxes inside the hill In winter they d sleep curled in a tight circle The hill began to pitch that day and the sky spun The bile rose up and he retched onto the summit He longed for the cover of trees then to stand under the beech tree and feel rain falling on the leaves from Little Disturbances Twelve perfect short stories and each one is a piece of art I mean that literally because I could see every one of them in my mind as though they were on a screen uiet little gems that contain entire lives in just a few pages The China Factory is a collection of twelve short stories the first collection by Irish author Mary Costello Costello s superbly crafted stories are about a range of ordinary people a retiring teacher a young woman just finished school an elderly man facing the end of his life a young landscape gardener a ten year old girl a young mother a middle aged schools inspector a bitter bachelor an insomniac husband a suspicious wife Her stories involve every day events but also life changing moments a funeral a retirement rape estrangement childhood discovery adultery miscarriage insanity cruelty and death Costello with a minimum of words deftly evokes a myriad of profound emotions on the darker side of human existence despair and desperation dissatisfaction fear grief shame guilt regret sinking hope and overwhelmingly loneliness Her prose is often beautiful and evocative Shenew then it was easier to be the one hurt than the hurter and as the night came down and the rain fell on the city it came to her that what this was this man this moment what this was most of all was the resurrection of hope That what the poets had once granted her those brief encounters with the sublime a child might too The reader could be forgiven for wondering if there are autobiographical elements to some of the stories The stories have a very Irish feel yet will resonate universally with readers Powerful and stirring Lovely language in these lyrical stories describing love hurt regret and the stuff of life Beautifully mature coll In her debut collection Mary Costello has produced something significant than most writers do in an entire career Each superbly crafted story carries a novel s worth of characterisation insight and empathy If you still consider the short story incapable of satisfying you try these ones In some respects Costello is on well trodden ground for the Irish short story at least emotional isolation failure of communication the death of hope But this is a world where traditional Ireland is constantly rubbing up against modernity an internet romance provides the engine for one story an encounter with an undercover policewoman another Throughout the book contemporary cultural references to books and music in particular run alongside deft observations of the rhythms of rural life The sheer uality of Costello s prose lyrical but never pretentious makes the work a joy to Read Even As She Deals even as she deals some harrowing subject matter the death of a child a diagnosis of terminal illness While the outside world is a lure it is also in many cases the locus of tragedy and loss demonstrated most strikingly in one of her strongest stories And Who Will Pay Charon a story with a iller opening line incidentally I heard a story with a iller opening line incidentally I heard was out At the heart of the collection is the yearning of so many of these characters for a fuller realisation of their secret selves Indeed The Astral Plane and The Sewing Room another favourite seem to suggest that this is where love itself resides First books of this uality are very very rare Highly recommended Read this on the strength of Acadamy Street and there were stories that were up to that dizzy height another great irish short story writer apparently correct another great Irish short storywriter I am being a little generous with the stars here as one or two stories may be a little under 5 but I did engage fully with this book just my thing Often about the usual unwanted pregnanc Each story in this collection of a dozen is a gem That is not common with volumes of short stories with the exception perhaps of Alice Munro These stories exemplify what I look for in a short story They can be glimpses of moments and they can convey the essence of an entire life or relationship Many of these stories also illuminate life in Ireland in particular such as the title story The China Factory The final story The Sewing Room set in Northern Ireland captures an entire life as a woman prepares to go to her retirement party after decades as a teacher in the village school I loved the description of her taking the Lough Swilly bus into Derry to visit the stationers art supply story monthly A simple detail but so telling in revealing the simplicity of the pleasures this woman looks forward to I wondered if that stationers indeed exists now Many of the stories are accounts of lives lived with regrets such as And Who Will Pay Charon This is a Stinging Fly Press book and I am pleased to see them doing well Small publishers have stiff competition and can be overlooked by large chain book sellers This is a book for lovers of short stories women writers Irish fiction Alice Munro William Trevor and good writing. Women endure the trials and complexities of marriage memory adultery death and the ripples of disuiet that lie just beneath the surface With a calm intensity and an undertow of sadness she reveals the secret fears and yearnings of her characters and those isolated moments when a few words or a small deed can change everything with stark and sometimes brutal conseuenc. N the final passages But if one is going to write death this prose certainly does that well It casts a definitive and opaue pall Sleeping with a Stranger is another tale about emotional paralysis Here it is a tale of a middle aged man seeking respite from a long marriage gone cold Maybe it is surprising to find this tale being told so sympathetically The man is smitten with a young teacher whose class he must audit He finds her youthful idealism her freshness intoxicating Nothing comes of his initial attempts to become familiar with her Years later he encounters her again now married perhaps jaded herself Now she is receptive to him No affair comes of the man s ministrations and attention but instead a rather unsatisfying fling in a hotel room The man is also tending to his mother in a nursing home as she is nearing death The man s distance from his mother who has dementia seems just another echo of his distance from the other women with whom he has attempted to bond The tale ends with the mother s death and on a weirdly optimistic note that doesn t really seem borne out by the preceding events And Who Will Pay Charon is again a tale of emotional paralysis A man might have pursued love a shared life with a woman who gave him a gentle ultimatum before leaving the country But he declined her offer She went off to work as a nurse in London He became a bachelor academic and grew to old age in solitude It seemed mostly to agree with him Years later she returns to Ireland and he sees her about now and again She seems disturbed wild Late in life after the death of his old flame he learns she was raped by monstrous sadists in England He cannot process this He sneaks into her home after her death and studies her belongings The tale ends with this impossible new nowledge weighing the previously well adjusted man down The man uestions whether he could have turned fate as one turns a river if he had accepted her offer all those years ago The Astral Plane is actually the ethereal world of online romance in this tale about a woman falling in love with a complete stranger through the vagaries of chanc A man finds a woman s copy of a book accidentally left behind after an author s reading She had written her email in the back of the book I didn t find this tale to be rewarding at all There was the usual emotional paralysis of the central character but the level of the writing wasn t uite up to Costello s other tales The tale didn t find a satisfying ending for me and really nothing of substance happened It s okay if nothing of substance happens as long as the writing is beautiful right But I didn t find anything like that here Little Disturbances is another mortal tale in which a family man with grown children and a somewhat patient wife finds that even with all the characters in place to grieve you death can still be a damn lonely road to walk This is a tale of a prodigal daughter although actually that metaphor might not be so apt Rather one of the daughters was driven away by the father s sternness and pride many years ago The tale ends with a hope for reconciliation but with darkness still percolating through everything Proofer s note this tale has Jimmy Stewart as Jimmy Stuart on page 129 but I m guessing that s a UK spell check program that did that Damn Royals Room in her Head is about a woman sharing what should be jovial time with her spouse and another couple and feeling completely isolated from the group I ept waiting for somebody to almost unconsciously with no real mens rea ill someone else because the emotional paralysis and passive aggressive loathing was so overwhelming I felt like this was a decent study in depression but little Insomniac had a nice hook to it You think here is another tale about another person under emotional duress who cannot get relief This time it s insomnia But this tale takes a weird turn The insomniac goes out into the night and encounters a police woman who takes him on a wild ride Nothing sexual happens as one might expect But when the man returns home his wife is horrified This story points a direction I hope the author might go in the future allowing characters to do things we might not expect them to do The Sewing Room is a very well turned short story A woman who gave up a child for adoption when young ends up alone and childless in old age She becomes a school teacher and ends up educating the children of the man who Fathered Her Own Reluctantly her own reluctantly boy The story takes place on the day when the teacher is being feted upon her retirement She encounters the man again on this very day as well as his wife and children This could be a maudlin tale but it is not told in that way There is a cold clarity to everything A sense of balance But there is still the pinch of cruelty in the words and the fate Some samples of Costello s prose Her mother s home was called Easterfield She remembers it from when she was very small a big house with tall windows and a wide lawn facing the wrong way facing out to the fields instead of to the road and a gravel yard with barns where her father parked the car And upstairs long landings with creaking floorboards and rooms with no light bulbs and the creepy backstairs at the far end She has a faint memory of her mother s father with snow white hair and round glasses sitting by the range holding a red plastic back scratcher in his hand The house is all closed up now On the day of her mother s fourth birthday a blackbird flew into the dining room and tore a piece of wallpaper from a spot above the window The wallpaper had swirling ivy and serpents and was very old She sees her four year old mother standing in the room looking up at the blackbird Suddenly her thoughts turn dark She is getting too close to the sadness of her mother s life from You Fill Up My Senses Then it was over and he was lying in his white vest and open trousers on top of her He pulled away but his face had darkened After He Had Put he had put his shirt he looked down and saw that he had buttoned it wrong and a look of unbearable sadness came on him They did not say anything and he went back to his fishing and she to her book and she. Ef guilt longing The act of grace or forgiveness that can suddenly transform and redeem lives In these twelve haunting stories Mary Costello carefully examines the passions and perils of everyday life and relationships and with startling insight casts a light on the darkest corners of the human heartWhat emerges is a compassionate exploration of how ordinary men and. ,

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