Riverhead Books The End of the World Is a Cul de Sac
Riverhead Books The End of the World Is a Cul de Sac

The End of the World Is a Cul de Sac

By Louise Kennedy


Publication Date: December 5, 2023

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Brilliant, dark stories of women’s lives by “a very major talent” (Joseph O'Connor, Irish Times)

In these visceral, stunningly crafted stories by the author of the much-acclaimed Trespasses, women’s lives are etched by deprivation—material, emotional, sexual—but also splashed by beauty, sometimes even joy, as they search for the good in the cards they’ve been dealt.

A wife is abandoned by her new husband in a derelict housing estate. An expectant mother’s worst fears about her husband’s entanglement with a teenage girl are confirmed. A sister is tormented by visions of the man her brother murdered during the Troubles. A woman struggles to forgive herself after an abortion threatens to destroy her marriage. Plumbing the depths of intimacy, violence, and redemption, these stories are “dazzling, heartbreaking. . . keen to share the lessons of a lifetime” (Guardian).

Story Locale:Ireland

About the Author

Louise Kennedy grew up near Belfast. The author of the novel Trespasses, she has written for the Guardian, the Irish Times, and BBC Radio 4. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a chef for almost thirty years. She lives in Sligo, Ireland.

Author Residence: Sligo, Ireland

Format: Hardcover

Length: 304 pages

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Publication Date: December 5, 2023

ISBN: 9780593540923

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