This collection represents the first time that the complete short stories of Kiely, widely regarded as Ireland's greatest living storyteller, have appeared in print together. Renowned for their characterizations of everyday Irishmen, his deceptively simple stories quiver with vitality and energy. Though some contemporary critics dismiss him as old-fashioned, his tales are timeless tributes to the tenacity of the human spirit through times of triumph and tragedy. A gifted seanachi in the true sense and spirit of the word, Kiely weaves lyrical stories laced with both disarming humor and intense pathos. Also included in this collection is Proxopera, Kiely's powerful antiwar novella. Since many of these stories have never before been available in the U.S., this volume is highly recommended to flesh out Irish literature collections.