In the resort town of Tramore, County Waterford, visitors arrive in waves with the tourist season, reliving the best days of their childhoods at the seaside amusements. Local teenager Helen is indifferent to the charm of her surroundings; infatuated with her glamorous classmate Stella, she yearns to escape with her to art college, and from there, the world. But leaving is easier said than done. With an alcoholic father and an unsympathetic mother, Helen’s free-falling family may wreck her dream, just as it seems to be within reach . . .
As it follows Helen, Stella and their families’ and neighbours’ lives over two decades The Amusements is an unforgettable story about roads taken and not taken. It is a brilliantly observed portrait of life in a small town, echoing with truth and compassion.