Little Red and Other Stories: Rooted in human feeling and authenticity

Book review: Ní Dhuibhne is a writer at ease with herself, her reputation and her work

 Little Red and Other Stories is Éilís Ní Dhuibhne’s latest short-story collection.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Little Red and Other Stories is Éilís Ní Dhuibhne’s latest short-story collection. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

It is unusual to start a book review by referring to the dedication, but sitting down with Éilís Ní Dhuibhne’s Little Red and Other Stories I was struck by the first words I encountered: for my friends.

A good writer can transform a simple phrase into something interesting but a great one can elevate it into something profound. While I’ve read and enjoyed many of Ní Dhuibhne’s books over the years, I found something deeply satisfying in these words, implying a writer at ease with herself, her reputation and her work.

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