SHORTLISTED FOR THE AN POST IRISH BOOK AWARDS SUNDAY INDEPENDENT NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
‘A landmark book by an important new voice in Irish writing’ EMILIE PINE
THIS HOSTEL LIFE tells the stories of migrant women in a hidden Ireland.
Queuing for basic supplies in an Irish direct provision hostel, a group of women squabble and mistrust each other, learning what they can of the world from conversations about reality television and Shakespeare. In another story, a student shares her work with a class only to be critiqued about her own lived experience, and a mother of young twins, living in Nigeria, is at risk of losing her newborns to ancient superstitious beliefs.
An essay by Liam Thornton (UCD School of Law) is also included, explaining the Irish legal position in relation to asylum seekers and direct provision.
‘Fresh, devastating stories . . . Okorie writes with uncomfortable clarity about things we think we already know’ LIA MILLS
‘Melatu Uche Okorie has important things to say – and she does it quite brilliantly’ RODDY DOYLE