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The "salt water" of Angela Bourke's first collection is not only the sea, but also tears, sweat, and the amniotic fluid where we first swim. Often on the brink, her women narrators encounter various lessons in a variety of landscapes: shadows of cruelty (and mortality) in the back lanes of a 1960s Dublin to affairs of the heart in America, Europe and the West of Ireland in the 1990s. Struggling to find their way (and themselves) in a world they cannot always comprehend, they discover many ways of telling a story.

By Salt Water 1997, New Island Books, Dublin, Ireland

ISBN-13: 9781874597391

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