"In these stories, which are precise, tender and glitteringly compelling, Alan McMonagle reveals himself as a writer of the first order. McLaverty comes to mind but, make no mistake, McMonagle is his own man. Readers should pay close attention to him."—Patrick McCabe
"Sentence to story with sudden grace and sharp wit—McMonagle is the real thing!"—Mike McCormack
The players in these humorously anxious stories are separate, apart from the mainstream; their lot being a slow awareness that they may not be able to control the confusing extensions to the landscapes they inhabit. Skewed comedy, absurd perspectives and stretched realities abound as members of this misplaced assortment grapple for their place in the scheme of things.