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This Hostel Life

Melatu Uche Okorie

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Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose write

'These stories are vitally important. I loved them' MARIAN KEYES

'A marvellous book and a wonderful writer' SEBASTIAN BARRY

SHORTLISTED FOR THE AN POST IRISH BOOK AWARDS SUNDAY INDEPENDENT NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

'A landmark book by an important new voice in Irish writing' EMILIE PINE

'Melatu Uche Okorie has important things to say - and she does it quite brilliantly' RODDY DOYLE THIS HOSTEL LIFE tells the stories of migrant women in a hidden Ireland. From a day in the life of women queuing for basic supplies in an Irish direct provision hostel to a young black woman's depiction of everyday racism in Ireland, Melatu Uche Okorie's nuanced writing shines a light on the injustice of the direct provision system and on the insidious racism experienced by migrant women living in Ireland. Another story, set in a Nigeria of the past, tells of a woman's life destroyed by an ancient superstition and her fierce determination to carry on, a quality Okorie believes is universally shared by women.

An essay by Liam Thornton (UCD School of Law) is also included, explaining the Irish legal position in relation to asylum seekers and direct provision.

'A marvellous book' SEBASTIAN BARRY

'These stories are vitally important. I loved them' MARIAN KEYES

'Fresh, devastating stories . . . Okorie writes with uncomfortable clarity about things we think we already know' LIA MILLS

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Praise for This Hostel Life

  • These stories are vitally important. I loved them

  • Melatu Uche Okorie has important things to say - and she does it quite brilliantly. Her language is arresting and inventive, and very entertaining

  • A landmark book by an important new voice in Irish writing; these are the stories we need to read

  • A marvellous book and a wonderful writer

  • These fresh, devastating stories are compelling. Melatu Uche Okorie writes with uncomfortable clarity about things we think we already know. She takes us to places we might not want to go within ourselves and to worlds we haven't seen before in Irish writing

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Melatu Uche Okorie

Melatu Uche Okorie is a writer and scholar. Born in Nigeria, she moved to Ireland in 2006. It was during her eight and a half years living in the direct provision system that she began to write. She has an M. Phil. in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin. She is currently studying for a PhD in Education at Trinity College, Dublin. This Hostel Life is her first book.

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