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TheOne Road by Jack Byrne is a gripping collection of stories, beginning with the title piece. Death, abuse, regret, identity, prejudice, and redemption, the individuals here are part of a larger story of a nation coming to grips with its past and the turbulence of modern society. Byrne creates fascinating cast of characters who struggle through and triumph, from the streets of Liverpool and Ireland.
The opening piece The One Road, weaves a powerful tale of resilience in the face of prejudice and loss. This story has everything: love, humor, racism, and a quirky cast of characters to travel with.
Ring of Fire is a short childhood memory with a poignant metaphor of youth. Did you jump?
The Taxman and Walkways in the Sky give us the most tragic, yet human characters in the collection. In The Taxman, Marie, lost until she finds the love of a gangster, believes she has found a refuge from a life of pain and helplessness. Or has she?
In Walkways in the Sky,a boy is witnesses to abuse, that he’s helpless to stop, much like a generation watching their communities battered by a society indifferent to their struggles.
The final story, Born Again, is a creative dive into the way our lives deviate from our intended paths–how our ideals can be easily forgotten and our principles quickly lost. In examining Anthony’s past and present, we too must ask ourselves: Where do our allegiances lie, and have we let complacency and comfort replace conviction and action?
FROM THE AUTHOR
This collection of short stories introduce the characters and world of the Liverpool Mystery Series. The stories show different aspects of the lives of people in a working class community with all the tragedy and comedy of daily life. They come out of a tradition of storytelling that is not afraid to challenge society as it is now, to pose questions about our past, and raise hope for the future. If you like your fiction gritty and realistic, dive in and enjoy. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08BVVP9WB