I Want To Know That I Will Be Okay
by Deirdre Sullivan
Adult Fiction, Short Story Collection
In this dark, glittering collection of short stories, Deirdre Sullivan explores the trauma and power that reside in women’s bodies. A teenage girl tries to fit in at a party held in a haunted house, with unexpected and disastrous consequences. A mother and daughter run a thriving online business selling antique dolls, while their customers get more than they bargained for. And after a stillbirth, a young woman discovers that there is something bizarre and wondrous growing inside of her. With empathy and invention, Sullivan effortlessly blends genres in stories that are by turns strange and exquisite. Already established as an award-winning writer for children and young adults, I Want to Know That I Will Be Okay marks her arrival as a captivating new voice in literary fiction.
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an early copy in exchange for an honest review!
I always feel so privileged when I get to read something new from Deirdre Sullivan, because her talent with crafting stories and words have the ability to completely immerse myself in these strange, new worlds that come from her uniquely original imagination, and I get to lose myself within these pages full of beautiful prose, thought-provoking subjects and a blend of rich, human emotion.
There is pain, and grief. There is anger, and love. There is hope, and truth. There is fantasy, and reality. The list could go on, but I think the biggest strength that this gorgeous collection of short stories, Sullivan’s first published work of adult fiction, is the way she weaves such vivid and compelling emotions through each story, no matter how short or long they are, no matter how tough and difficult they are.
There are some really amazing and poignant stories in this collection, and although from the surface they might all seem different to each other, Sullivan does an excellent job of weaving a common thread of motherhood and womanhood through each of them, the pain, and hurt and joy that comes with them. Some of my personal favourites are All That You Possess, a story about a mother and her daughter’s imaginary violent friend, Little Lives, after which you will never see porcelain dolls the same again, and Skein, which is one of the shortest stories in the collection but one that had such an incredible impact on me.
I Want To Know That I Will Be Okay is out from Banshee Press in May, and it is now available for pre-order. There’s also an exclusive gorgeous yellow edition that you could pre-order from Kennys but be quick because it’s a limited edition! You’ll not want to miss this extraordinary and harrowing new collection from Deirdre Sullivan, which surely cements her (if she hasn’t already cemented herself with her previous works) as one of Ireland’s greatest writers.