Short Story Review: The Girls and the Dogs by Kevin Barry

Story Title: The Girls and the Dogs by Kevin Barry
Collection/Anthology?: Dark Lies the Island (Jonathan Cape)
Briefly: On the run from the law (and just about everyone else), the narrator decides to lay low for a bit, staying in a decrepit caravan at an equally decrepit farmhouse, owned by his friend Evan the Head. Along with Evan and a gaggle of kids, there are two sisters living at the farmhouse, Elsie and Suze. The narrator makes the mistake of getting way too intimate with one of them.
Afterthoughts: Barry is renowned for penning manic, drunken-fuelled tales, and The Girls and the Dogs is a prime example. Completely original for all the right reasons this story is madder than a box of frogs and throughly entertaining. Don’t believe me, then go and read the story for free, courtesy of the Irish Times.

Rating: ★★★★☆

This story was read as part of a review of Kevin Barry’s latest short story collection, Dark Lies the Island. If you want to find out more about the book, or you want to read other reviews from this collection, then I invite you to pop along to my forethoughts post for this title. I also invite you to take a trip over to the publisher page for this title.

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).