Acclaimed Cork author writes about highs and lows of everyday life before and during the Covid-19 pandemic

A new book of short stories is to be launched by acclaimed Cork author Madeleine D’Arcy
Acclaimed Cork author writes about highs and lows of everyday life before and during the Covid-19 pandemic

Writer Madeleine D'Arcy. Picture: Larry Cummins

LIBERTY Terrace, the second collection of short stories from acclaimed Cork author Madeleine D’Arcy, will be published by Doire Press later this year.

Set in a fictional area of Cork city from 2016-2020, Liberty Terrace captures the highs and lows of everyday life from both before and during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A former solicitor with experience as a Census Enumerator in 2016, Cork native and Fiction at the Friary co-founder D’Arcy took inspiration from the Irish Census, originally scheduled in April, 2021 but now postponed until 2022, for Liberty Terrace.

The publishers said D’Arcy has created a rich tapestry of stories all set in and around the fictional street; the residents of Liberty Terrace come and go over the years — their lives ebbing and flowing around each other in ways that are sometimes funny, sometimes dark and often both.

The cast of characters includes retired Garda Superintendent Deckie Google, a young homeless squatter, the mother of an autistic child working part-time as a Census Enumerator, the dysfunctional Callinan family, an ageing rock star, a trio of ladies who visit a faith healer, a philandering husband, as well as a surprising number of cats and dogs.

Liberty Terrace will be published in October and is available for €15 via preorder at Doire Press online.

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