Featuring Ireland or Irish narrators, this collection of stories aim to paint rich and textured portraits of individuals at different pivotal moments in their lives. They show how the individual's relationship with either a mother or a son, or their relationship to their own role as mother or son, reveals something unique and important about them.
Helen's brother is dying, and with two of his friends she waits for the end in her grandmother's crumbling old house. Her mother and grandmother, after years of strife have come to an uneasy peace. The six of them, from different generations and beliefs, are forced to come to terms with each other.
It is January 1895 and Henry James's play, Guy Domville, from which he hoped to make his fortune, has failed on the London stage. Opening with this disaster, The Master spans the next five years of James's life, during which time he moves to Rye in Sussex, having found his dream retreat.