‘The Road to the Shore’ by Michael McLaverty

Story Title: ‘The Road to the Shore’ by Michael McLaverty
Collection/Anthology?: The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story (Granta Books)
Date Read: 28th June 2011
Briefly: It’s the convent’s annual trip to the seaside, and Sister Paul is praising The Lord that the weather has turned out to be fine again this year. She’s really full of the joys and looking forward to the trip, although she’s somewhat fearful of the car ride, should she have to sit next to the ever chatty Sister Clare.
Afterthoughts: What a splendid story to kick off the Granta Book of the Irish Short Story. It’s one that’s warm and charming (as one might expect when the principle characters are nuns) and it feels as Irish as the shamrock itself. But more than that it’s a story which comes with characters who have real substance (remarkable given its short length), and McLaverty is genius in not only bringing the convent sisters to life with vivid colour and character, but also for painting a rather sublime picture of the blessed Reverend Mother, who’s charismatic, caring and wholly in control. What a perfect story, and a perfect choice from editor, Enright.

Rating: ★★★★☆

This story was read as part of a review of The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story. If you want to find out more about this anthology then please feel free to visit my forethoughts post for this title. Better still, why not get yourself along to the publisher page for this anthology.

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