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Intimacies Reviews

Intimacies by Lucy Caldwell


Lucy Caldwell

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Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date: 6 May 2021
ISBN: 9780571353743

'Precise and beautifully controlled fictions but with strange, wild energies pulsing along just beneath the surface. A tremendous collection.' - Kevin Barry

3 stars out of 5
Houman Barekat
21 May 2021

"These neatly crafted short stories find poetry in the rituals of domesticity"

These are commonplace sentiments – relatable, but somewhat platitudinous. The real strength of this collection lies in the author’s careful and tender attention to the bric-a-brac of ordinary life – municipal swimming pools, oatmeal biscuits, chocolate coins, hot-water bottles. An astute observer of the mundane, Caldwell finds poetry – and even a kind of religiosity – in the quotidian rituals of domesticity: 

“These offerings, these devotions, banal and endless, our days going round and rushing from under us; the measure of our love.”