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Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780349012902

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Genre: Literature & Literary Studies

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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

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These stories are vitally important. I loved them
Marian Keyes
Melatu Uche Okorie has important things to say - and she does it quite brilliantly. Her language is arresting and inventive, and very entertaining
Roddy Doyle
These fresh, devastating stories are compelling. Melatu Uche Okorie writes with uncomfortable clarity about things we think we already know. She takes us to places we might not want to go within ourselves and to worlds we haven't seen before in Irish writing
Lia Mills
A marvellous book and a wonderful writer
Sebastian Barry
A landmark book by an important new voice in Irish writing; these are the stories we need to read
Emilie Pine