ISBN: 978-1-90768260-5 | Pages: 152 | Published: 2018
Catholic Boy is a collection of contemporary short stories, set mainly in Belfast, but also abroad. Some stories are witty but all make serious points about our current society. Many of the stories involve women in their thirties dealing with sexual encounters and trying to make physical and spiritual connections in a lonely, dislocated world. Other stories are about Northern Ireland’s war-torn legacy. They deal with how men who lived through the Troubles cope with the memories that haunt them and how they confront the violence of post-conflict Belfast when it rears up at them unexpectedly.