Bridget O’Connor was one of the great short story writers of her generation.
She had a voice that was viscerally funny and an eye for both the glaring reality and the absurdity of the everyday.
In After A Dance, we meet a selection of O’Connor’s most memorable characters often living on the margin of their own lives: from the anonymous thief set on an unusual prize to the hungover best man clinging to what he’s lost, to the unrepentant gold-digger who always comes out on top.
From unravelling narcissists to melancholy romantics all human life is here – at its best and at its delightful worst.
‘These are some of the wildest, arresting, just plain brilliant short stories I’ve read in a long time’ – Roddy Doyle