Billy Roche, “Tales from Rainwater Pond”

A series of short stories set in Ireland — but with a vaguely American narrative style — linked by invisible threads that connect them to form a choral novel, the fresco of a small town, Wexford, among country inns, stations, hotels, petrol pumps, haberdashery shops, bars.

The stories take place all around the Rainwater pond, a sort of lagoon close to the sea, invaded by semi-salty rainwater in a disused, dark and apparently bottomless quarry, a symbol of everything that cannot be seen but exists, hidden and as abysmal as certain torments without remedy.