Mary Morrissy’s Prosperity Drive


Mary Morrissy’s new collection of short stories, Prosperity Drive (Jonathan Cape) has been garnering high praise since it was published in late February. This is her second collection of stories. She is a lecturer in creative writing in the School of English and the author of three novels, Mother of Pearl, The Pretender and The Rising of Bella Casey.

The stories in Prosperity Drive are connected, all springing from a fictional suburban street. Linked by its characters, who appear and disappear, bump into each other in chance encounters and join up again through love, marriage or memory, the form of Prosperity Drive is like an exploded novel.

“Mary Morrissy is a wonderful writer. These stories are entertaining and deft, so skilfully balanced and interwoven that when you begin to pick out the pattern it is a real moment of delight.” – Hilary Mantel

“. . .she is a true heir to Chekhov and the great writers. . .Seldom has Irish suburban life – especially the lives of girls and women been so sensitively and wittily, portrayed.” – Eilís Ní Dhuibhne, The Irish Times

“This the most pleasurable book of stories by an Irish writer that I’ve read for many years – perhaps since the 1970s heyday of William Trevor.” ─ John Boland, Irish independent

Prosperity Drive is masterful storytelling: moving without being sentimental, poetic without bring pretentious, and emotionally resonant in its minute dissection of ordinary life. It is surely one of the best Irish books you will read this year.” – Sara Keating, Sunday Business Post.

Prosperity Drive will be launched in Dublin at The Rathgar Bookshop, Wednesday, March 23, at 7.30pm.  It will receive a Cork launch during Cork World Book Fest at the Triskel Arts Centre on Saturday, April 23.