This Hostel Life

This Hostel Life

Short stories

Paperback (04 Jul 2019)

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Publisher's Synopsis

SHORTLISTED FOR THE AN POST IRISH BOOK AWARDS SUNDAY INDEPENDENT NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

'A landmark book by an important new voice in Irish writing' EMILIE PINE

THIS HOSTEL LIFE tells the stories of migrant women in a hidden Ireland.

Queuing for basic supplies in an Irish direct provision hostel, a group of women squabble and mistrust each other, learning what they can of the world from conversations about reality television and Shakespeare. In another story, a student shares her work with a class only to be critiqued about her own lived experience, and a mother of young twins, living in Nigeria, is at risk of losing her newborns to ancient superstitious beliefs.

An essay by Liam Thornton (UCD School of Law) is also included, explaining the Irish legal position in relation to asylum seekers and direct provision.

'Fresh, devastating stories . . . Okorie writes with uncomfortable clarity about things we think we already know' LIA MILLS

'Melatu Uche Okorie has important things to say - and she does it quite brilliantly' RODDY DOYLE

Book information

ISBN: 9780349012902
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Virago
Pub date:
Edition: Short stories
DEWEY: 823.92
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 99
Weight: 106g
Height: 129mm
Width: 198mm
Spine width: 10mm