Joanna Walsh in conversation | Irish Times Book Club
23 June 2016
Tickets via Eventbrite: €5 / €3 | Tickets on the door: €7
(glass of wine included)
The Irish Times Book Club in association with the Irish Writers Centre present: Vertigo by Joanna Walsh as the Irish Times Book Club pick for June‘The stories in Vertigo are by turns funny, surreal, modernist, remaining at all times accessible. Alienated as the voices are, they let the reader in’ - Sarah Gilmartin
About the book
Vertigo is the sense that if I fall I will fall not toward the earth but into space. I sense no anchorage. I will pitch forward, outward and upward. A collection of stories that are at once otherworldly and familiar, funny and biting, Vertigo invites the reader into a series of episodes: a snapshot in a restaurant overlooking the sea where a woman contemplates her husband’s infidelities; a family holiday, a hospital visit; the discovery of online affairs. Breathtakingly original, Vertigo is an intense and fractured composition about the uncanny everyday.
Praise for Vertigo:
‘Her stories reveal a psychological landscape lightly spooked by loneliness, jealousy and alienation.’ The New York Times
‘Her prose has the precise, observant quality of a master tweeter, with none of the frivolity that might imply … The book is designed to induce vertigo … The stories are delicate, but they leave a strong impression, a lasting sense of detachment colliding with feeling, a heady destabilization.’ Los Angeles Times
‘The interplay between meticulousness and uncertainty in Joanna Walsh’s writing turns the world on its head with such poignancy and lightness of touch one feels one is gazing at a snow- globe out of season. Mesmerising and unsettling, it is a book that treats its reader uncommonly well.’ Claire-Louise Bennett
‘This book is about how embarrassing it is to be alive, how each of us is continually barred from our self … Vertigo is a writer’s coup.’ The Rumpus
‘Her writing sways between the tense and the absurd, as if it’s hovering between this world and another … Walsh’s Vertigo may similarly redistribute the possibilities of contemporary fiction, especially if it meets with the wider audience her work demands.’ Flavorwire
‘With wry humor and profound sensitivity, Walsh takes what is mundane and transforms it into something otherworldly with sentences that can make your heart stop. A feat of language.’ Kirkus Reviews
About the author Walsh is a British writer and illustrator whose work has featured in Granta and Guernica, as well as being anthologised in the Best British Stories 2014 and 2015. Fiction editor at 3:AM Magazine, she runs the Twitter hashtag #readwomen. Vertigo is her second collection, following the acclaimed Fractals from 2013. Published in America last year by feminist micropress Dorothy – the imprint that launched Virginian author Nell Zink – Vertigo featured on the best-of lists of Flavourwire, The Millions and The Huffington Post. It was published in March by Tramp Press.
Whether you've read the book or not, come along on the 23rd and join in the conversation. The book will also be available for purchase from Books Upstairs at the event. Book your ticket for Irish Times Book Club now >>>