The Wild Laughter by Caoilinn Hughes


“A razor-sharp snapshot of a family and a nation in trouble, in language that is vital and richly inventive… A remarkable achievement… The pedigree of Hughes’ writing is already established… The Wild Laughter will surely see her gain further acclaim – it’s an exhilarating and moving story of an Ireland in disarray.” — Irish Times

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It’s 2008, and the Celtic Tiger has left devastation in its wake. Brothers Hart and Cormac Black are waking up to a very different Ireland – one that widens the chasm between them and brings their beloved father to his knees. Facing a devastating choice that risks their livelihood, if not their lives, their biggest danger comes when there is nothing to lose.

A sharp snapshot of a family and a nation suddenly unmoored, this epic-in-miniature explores cowardice and sacrifice, faith rewarded and abandoned, the stories we tell ourselves and the ones we resist. Hilarious, poignant and utterly fresh, The Wild Laughter cements Caoilinn Hughes’ position as one of Ireland’s most audacious, nuanced and insightful young writers.

The Wild Laughter by Caoilinn Hughes
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