Contemporary Problems No 53 & 54
About the book…
Jenkinson’s debut collection of short stories, Contemporary Problems Nos. 53 & 54, defies the tired orthodoxies
of Irish writing.
With stories set in Belfast, England or eastern Europe, Jenkinson writes with an off-beat cosmopolitan sensibility, bringing to life those whose lives are lived on the transitory margins: the unemployed and unemployable; the bored civil servants; lingerie shop assistants; migrants longing to be home or those longing to get away. Yet her characters go beyond the ciphers of social protest. Rather they are flesh and blood, given to miraculous flights of imagination, defying the sometimes grim realities of the world around them.
Whether writing of ‘troubles’ Northern Ireland or working-class life in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, her stories resist the easy stereotypes.
Refreshingly modern, Jenkinson displays a keen eye and an acute lyric ear for the way we live today.