A young man returns from London, facing the prospect of reunion with a young daughter he's never met. A woman recounts her family's doomed attempt to emigrate from Poland to America 70 years before. A creative writing tutor is shocked by the story of one of his students, who is connected to a past atrocity in Bosnia. A former architect fights a losing battle with alcoholism and the ghosts from his past. Here is a new collection of brilliant stories from the multi-award winning elder statesman of Scottish literature, exploring themes of poverty, migration, alienation, accountability and alcoholism, with an impressive depth and emotional range.
Carl MacDougall's work includes three prize-winning novels, four pamphlets and four collections of short stories, two works of non-fiction and he has edited four anthologies, including the best-selling The Devil and the Giro. He has also written and presented two major television series.