'All she wants is a new country, a new language, new food. New people, new stories ... She wants all this newness ? which is as old as the hills ? to encourage her, enclose her, remake her... She feels this, though she doesn't really believe it.' In these eleven stories, E?ili?s Ni? Dhuibhne draws us into the lives of characters struggling to find equilibrium. Visited by change and crisis, they are forced to confront the stories that define their sense of themselves and their place in the world. Beautifully written and sharply observed, this dazzling and daring collection is a deft exploration of the complexities of human desire ? its darkness, its incoherence, its potential to help us tell a new story.