Modern Times

Modern Times

There once was …

a woman who loved her husband’s cock so much that she began taking it to work in her lunchbox.

a man who made films without a camera, which transfixed his estranged daughter.

a couple who administered electric shocks to each other, to be reminded of what love is.

a world where you wake up one day and notice that, one by one, people are turning blue

Startling, wry, beguiling and emotionally charged – the stories in Modern Times might be reminiscent of Lydia Davis, Angela Carter and Daisy Johnson, but they are also unlike anything you’ve read before.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Fiction: Special Features / Short Stories

On Sale: 23rd July 2020

Price: £14.99

ISBN-13: 9781474618502


Cathy Sweeney's stories have already attracted a band of fanatical devotees, and this first collection is as marvellous as we could have hoped for. A unique imagination, a brilliant debut.
Kevin Barry, author of NIGHT BOAT TO TANGIER
Modern Times, Cathy Sweeney's inventive debut collection, offers snapshots of an unsettling, dislocated world. Surprising and uncanny, funny and transgressive, these stories only look like distortions of reality.
Irish Times
I loved this collection. It vibrates with a glorious strangeness! Magnificently weird, hugely entertaining, deeply profound.
Danielle McLaughlin, author of DINOSAURS ON OTHER PLANETS
In Modern Times, Cathy Sweeney gives us fables of the present that are funny, vertiginous and melancholy.
David Hayden, author of DARKER WITH THE LIGHTS ON
Cathy Sweeney's work is jaw-droppingly good: inventive, funny, lush. One of the best short story writers working today.
Sinéad Gleeson, author of CONSTELLATIONS
With a crispness and clarity and weirdness unlike any other fiction being published now ... Sometimes chilling, eerily accessible - and as wickedly droll as they are horrifying ... The voice running through is lucid and bright and highly readable, each sentence stripped clean and polished ... The stories themselves, long-sweeping, succinctly told anatomies of spectral lives lived in sad rented places or loveless middle-class homes, are absolutely for this moment.
Irish Independent
Sweeney's stories are wacky, bold, form-bending ... Reading Modern Times is a bit like being in a strange dream ... Powerful ... Daring
Irish Times
Terrific, eerie short stories that linger in your mind long after you have closed the book.
Jenny Offill, author of DEPT OF SPECULATION