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Young Skins

Young Skins - Colin Barrett

3.5 Quite a few good stories by this up and coming Irish writer. Stuck in a Irish town with boarded up windows for store fronts and little or no job opportunity besides hanging, playing pool etch these young men and women spend endless days trying to outwit boredom and the nullifying effects of sameness. Some hang on to long to past relationships and dreams, others kind of step in place, just going through motions, preserving, denying their bleak outlook. What saves these scenarios are some cunning witticisms, dark humor and despite the hopelessness, a sense of perseverance and a touch of hope.