Rites of Passage: Five Irish Stories
Powerful, vivid, altogether compelling, and at times wryly comedic, Thomas Rice’s Rites of Passage: Five Irish Stories enthralls.
From the title story, in which a now successful professional confronts his once abuser, to the last,“Hard Truths,” wherein a boy is, ultimately, witness to his mother’s singular strength, Rice’s rendered Irish dramas read like one’s own memories, the kind that have become guideposts or points on one’s personal compass.
There is beauty here, too, as in “Dreams of Tramore ,” and “All Souls’ Day,” stories that capture an altogether winning and Dylanesque yearning after life and love.
Surprising, but satisfying, turns of events abound, all of which deliver a deeply good read. First page to last, Rites of Passage is a profound entertainment, not one to be missed.