Dinosaurs on Other Planets
By Danielle McLaughlin
A debut collection of stories from hot new Irish talent, Danielle McLaughlin
A woman battles bluebottles as she plots an ill-judged encounter with a stranger; a young husband commutes a treacherous route to his job in the city, fearful for the wife and small daughter he has left behind; a mother struggles to understand her nine-year-old son's obsession with dead birds and the apocalypse.
In Danielle McLaughlin's stories, the world is both beautiful and alien. Men and women negotiate their surroundings as a tourist might navigate a distant country: watchfully, with a mixture of wonder and apprehension. Here are characters living lives in translation, ever at the mercy of distortions and misunderstandings, striving to make sense both of the spaces they inhabit and of the people they share them with.
Danielle McLaughlin's stories have appeared in publications including the New Yorker, the Stinging Fly and the Irish Times, as well as various anthologies. She has won the Willesden Short Story Prize, the Merriman Short Story Competition in memory of Maeve Binchy and the Dromineer Literary Festival short story competition. Dinosaurs on Other Planets is her first collection.
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14 Jan 2016
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This is not a debut in the usual sense; a promise of greater things to come. There is no need to ask what Danielle McLaughlin will do next, she has done it already. This book has arrived. I think it will stay with us for a long time — Anne Enright
Full of such arresting, resonant and precise writing . . . an impressive achievement — Financial Times
Taut with words unsaid and fights unhad, and the endings are all that endings should be — Sara Taylor, Metro
Fans of short story books will definitely relish this one — Bookbag
McLaughlin has a flair for making her stories crystallise around a striking image — Sunday Times
An exquisite collection from an exciting new voice in short fiction — Lady
McLaughlin is yet another fantastic new addition to Ireland's burgeoning literary establishment — Big Issue
Her near-faultless debut collection . . . deals primarily with psychological alienation, and the desolate upheaval of humans in crisis — Guardian
[McLaughlin] writes with a meditative intensity which gives her subject matter (domestic friction and failing affections) a certain gravitas — The Spectator
A quietly explosive collection — Patricia Nicol, Sunday Times