“Vivian doesn’t feel like she fits in – never has. She lives alone in a house in North Dublin that her great aunt left to her. She has no friends, no job and few social skills.”
So is she an interesting character? Is there enough going on for us to stick with Vivian for two hundred and fifty-three pages?
Caitriona Lally’s debut novel is a delight. Vivian is different, her circumstances cryptically threaded into the subtext. Nothing is explained, nor should it be, on this whimsical, darkly comical journey through the streets of Dublin and from the point of view of a deeply engaging, and deliciously quirky protagonist. Fascinated by words and obsessed with making lists, Vivian believing that she is not of this world, looks for magic in the everyday things, and who doesn’t need a bit of magic?
One for the Librarian’s shelf, Eggshells is published by Liberties Press. 2015