Mouthing

18.50

Welcome to Ballyrowan. This sleepy corner of rural Ireland may seem tranquil, but scratch the surface and you’ll find a hotbed of gossip and intrigue – endless material for mouthing – and a town full of people only too happy to oblige in spreading the bad news. Narrated by several generations of villagers, ‘Mouthing’ traces the fortunes of one small community from the mid-20th century to the early 21st, in a series of highly confessional and darkly hilarious monologues. The good people of Ballyrowan delight in twisting the knife, in tormenting one another, in perfecting the art of schadenfreude. And, it becomes clear, none of them are entirely reliable witnesses.

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Welcome to Ballyrowan. This sleepy corner of Ireland may seem tranquil but scratch the surface and you’ll find a hotbed of gossip and intrigue – endless material for mouthing – and a town full of people only too happy to oblige in spreading the bad news.

Narrated by several generations of villagers, Mouthing traces the misadventures of one small community from the mid-20th century to the early 21st in a series of highly confessional, darkly humorous, sharply observed monologues. These are people who delight in twisting the knife, perfecting the art of schadenfreude over many decades. And, it becomes clear, none of them are entirely reliable witnesses. As each one tells their version of events, revealing contradictory versions of ‘the truth’, we see how feuds are passed down through the generations, how families are estranged or reunited and fortunes made or lost, how strict social expectations can shift and loosen over time (and how some things remain stubbornly unchanged).

Mouthing is an acerbic, unsentimental love letter to rural Ireland, where everyone knows everyone else’s business and everyone has an opinion on it – where ‘community’ is both a lifeboat and a life sentence.

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Weight0.261 kg
Dimensions21.6 × 13.5 × 2 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

240

Language

English

Edition

Paperback original

Dewey

823.92 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K