An urgent and unforgettable collection of stories, Show Them a Good Time explores types – men and women, their assigned roles and meanings – in modern society.
A young, broke Irish woman narrates her relationship with a successful comedian in New York; two hapless university students take to the stage in a bid to assert their autonomy; a school teacher makes her way through a series of dead-end dates, gamely searching for love or distraction as the world teeters towards ruin.
The characters in these magnificently accomplished stories are haunted as much by the future as they are by their pasts. Exuberant, irreverent and loaded with dark humour, Show Them a Good Time marks the arrival of a strikingly original new voice in fiction.
Nicole Flattery‘s work has been published in the Stinging Fly, the White Review, the Dublin Review, BBC Radio 4, the Irish Times, Winter Papers and the forthcoming 2019 Faber anthology of new Irish writing. Her story ‘Track’ won the 2017 White Review Short Story Prize. She is twenty-nine years old and lives in Galway.
Read: Track, The White Review
Review: Show Them a Good Time by Nicole Flattery: A bright new Irish voice, Irish Times
Prompt: Imagine the following scenario…
It is raining and you are running late for an appointment. You are walking quickly. On the corner of the street there is a tall man standing in your path. He is soaking wet. Write what happens next.