‘City of Boys’ by Beth Nugent

One of my favourite of all collections, and one of my favourite stories, ‘City of Boys’ hypnotises with its clear eyed and oddly circuitous story of a love affair that might be unpicked at any time. It is one of those stories that inhabits a life and a situation so utterly, you feel bereft at its conclusion. That this is her only story collection is a travesty – how I would love to read a new collection from her!

In City of Boys, Knopf, 1992