Watermark – by Sean O'Reilly – reissued now


We recently published a re-issue of Sean O'Reilly's daring novella, Watermark. Gorgeously designed by Fergal Condon, this new edition brings an important work back into print.

Combining formal experimentation with brave and beautiful storytelling, Watermark was the first book published by The Stinging Fly Press in May 2005. A virtuoso performance, it helped seal O’Reilly’s reputation as one of Ireland’s most exciting writers.

The book tells the story of Veronica, a young woman living on the edge of desire and reason in an unnamed Irish city. As with his three earlier works, Sean O’Reilly proves himself here to be a genuine prose stylist, possessed of a uniquely dark and powerful vision of our contemporary culture.

"There is a cumulative, incantatory power to the sentences... beautifully bludgeoning language, which hammers at us and hammers, and will draw blood from any human reader."

-Keith Ridgway, author of Hawthorn & Child

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