The Irish are famous for their storytelling, and in this collection of short stories that reputation is proved true once again. Several of Ireland's most famous authors join with some rising stars to produce this memorable collection of 16 great stories.

In Maeve Binchy's "Carissima," an old friend returns to Ireland from Sicily with heartwarming results, while Marian Keyes's "Soulmates" features a relationship so perfect it drives everyone insane. Join Cathy Kelly for a madcap road trip across the States. Take a "girl's weekend" with Marisa Mackle, and watch one woman find a rather unusual way to get rid of an unwanted wedding ring.

Ranging from sexy to sweet, every story in this collection has something to recommend it. Get ready to discover some wonderful Irish writers, many of whom have or will soon be published in the United States. (Mar., 310 pp., $12.00)

Reviewed by: 
Jen Exum