Backlist Beauties is where publishers choose a title from their back catalogue that sparkles. Next up is Paris Syndrome, by Lucy Sweeney Byrne (Banshee Press).
What we love about this book:
Lucy Sweeney Byrne’s Edge Hill-shortlisted debut collection of stories, Paris Syndrome, transports us to a variety of intriguing locations, including New York, Mexico, Paris, and rural Donegal, as a twenty-something female protagonist seeks escape and meaning through travel and human interaction. Sharp, insightful, self-aware and funny, Paris Syndrome introduces an invigorating new literary talent.
A little flavour of what’s inside:
‘I went to visit the grave of de Beauvoir and Sartre and felt as though, when I saw it, I would be truly moved. It was a sunny day in September – hot with a soft breeze, pleasantly sweaty, in the quiet scented air of Paris on a weekday afternoon. We were lightly hungover, in that drowsy warm way, where everything blurs a little, the whole day vignetting in memory even as we lived it.’
A line that sings:
‘An old bow-legged man, carrying a blue plastic bag filled to bursting with oranges, emerges from the cool darkness of an alleyway to their left, making Santiago flinch.’
Cover design: Anna Morrison
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