Special Feature: Good Trouble: Stories by Joseph O’Neill

I haven’t read anything by this author before but the cover of this book made me want to know more about it!

I love the sweet duck on the cover so needless to say I am a sucker for cute animals on things like books. So that fact alone would make me stop and read the summary.

This author sounds like he has a lot of notoriety and he really aims to capture stories of every day life in the modern world which is something I think our society really needs. While I can’t fit it into my review schedule for May, I am hoping to breeze through it this summer as it’s under 200 pages.

This collection of stories is out in paperback this week so be sure to pick up a copy and secure a copy of the book with the cute duck!


From the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author of Netherlandcomes a collection of stunning, subversive, wryly comic stories that reveal the emotional depths and surprising beauty of life in the twenty-first century. A poet confronts the state of his art when asked to sign a petition-in-verse to free Edward Snowden. A man attending a wedding in Tuscany seeks a moment of solace with a friendly goose. A father uses a tracking app to follow his son’s stolen phone, opening wider questions of the world and its dangers. In these flashes of trouble, O’Neill unearths the real, secretly political consequences of our ordinary lives. No writer is more incisive about the world we live in now (summary from Goodreads)

About the Author

Joseph O’Neill was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1964 and grew up in Mozambique, South Africa, Iran, Turkey, and Holland. His previous works include the novels This is the Lifeand The Breezes, and the non-fiction book Blood-Dark Track, a family history centered on the mysterious imprisonment of both his grandfathers during World War II, which was an NYT Notable Book. He writes regularly for The Atlantic. He lives with his family in New York City.


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