Story Title: ‘Summer Voices’ by John Banville.
Collection/Anthology?: The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story (Granta Books)
Date Read: 7th September 2011
Briefly: Telling her auntie that she’s going away for a swim, a young girl with bullied brother in tow, heads for the bay to check out the dead body of a drowned man.
Afterthoughts: This story fascinated me, not least because Banville so beautifully invokes a sense of the summer, and of the countryside. He colours it black though, bringing a darker element to his story using death and decay, and this takes the story in an altogether different direction, which left this reader at least genuinely uncomfortable and somewhat creeped out. What a delightful storyteller John Banville is.
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.