The Little Red Chairs

The Little Red Chairs
Author: Edna O'Brien
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780316378253
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Release: 2016-03-29
Editor: Little, Brown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A fiercely beautiful novel about one woman's struggle to reclaim a life shattered by betrayal, from one of the greatest storytellers of our time One night, in the dead of winter, a mysterious stranger arrives in the small Irish town of Cloonoila. Broodingly handsome, worldly, and charismatic, Dr. Vladimir Dragan is a poet, a self-proclaimed holistic healer, and a welcome disruption to the monotony of village life. Before long, the beautiful black-haired Fidelma McBride falls under his spell and, defying the shackles of wedlock and convention, turns to him to cure her of her deepest pains. Then, one morning, the illusion is abruptly shattered. While en route to pay tribute at Yeats's grave, Dr. Vlad is arrested and revealed to be a notorious war criminal and mass murderer. The Cloonoila community is devastated by this revelation, and no one more than Fidelma, who is made to pay for her deviance and desire. In disgrace and utterly alone, she embarks on a journey that will bring both profound hardship and, ultimately, the prospect of redemption. Moving from Ireland to London and then to The Hague, THE LITTLE RED CHAIRS is Edna O'Brien's first novel in ten years -- a vivid and unflinching exploration of humanity's capacity for evil and artifice as well as the bravest kind of love.

The Little Red Chairs

The Little Red Chairs
Author: Edna O'Brien
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9780571316304
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Release: 2015-10-27
Editor: Faber & Faber
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

When a wanted war criminal, masquerading as a healer, settles in a small west coast Irish village, the community are in thrall. One woman, Fidelma McBride, falls under his spell and in this searing novel, Edna O'Brien charts the consequence of that fatal attraction. This is a story about love, the artifice of evil and the terrible necessity of accountability in our shattered, damaged world. It has been ten years since the last novel from Edna O'Brien and The Little Red Chairs reminds us why she is felt to be one of the great Irish writers, of any generation. The Little Red Chairs may be her masterpiece.

The Little Red Chairs

The Little Red Chairs
Author: Edna O'Brien
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780316378253
Available:
Release: 2016-03-29
Editor: Hachette UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A fiercely beautiful novel about one woman's struggle to reclaim a life shattered by betrayal from the 2018 winner of the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature. One night, in the dead of winter, a mysterious stranger arrives in the small Irish town of Cloonoila. Broodingly handsome, worldly, and charismatic, Dr. Vladimir Dragan is a poet, a self-proclaimed holistic healer, and a welcome disruption to the monotony of village life. Before long, the beautiful black-haired Fidelma McBride falls under his spell and, defying the shackles of wedlock and convention, turns to him to cure her of her deepest pains. Then, one morning, the illusion is abruptly shattered. While en route to pay tribute at Yeats's grave, Dr. Vlad is arrested and revealed to be a notorious war criminal and mass murderer. The Cloonoila community is devastated by this revelation, and no one more than Fidelma, who is made to pay for her deviance and desire. In disgrace and utterly alone, she embarks on a journey that will bring both profound hardship and, ultimately, the prospect of redemption. Moving from Ireland to London and then to The Hague, The Little Red Chairs is Edna O'Brien's first novel in ten years -- a vivid and unflinching exploration of humanity's capacity for evil and artifice as well as the bravest kind of love.

Country Girl

Country Girl
Author: Edna O'Brien
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780316230360
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Release: 2013-04-30
Editor: Little, Brown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Country Girl is Edna O'Brien's exquisite account of her dashing, barrier-busting, up-and-down life."--National Public Radio When Edna O'Brien's first novel, The Country Girls, was published in 1960, it so scandalized the O'Briens' local parish that the book was burned by its priest. O'Brien was undeterred and has since created a body of work that bears comparison with the best writing of the twentieth century. Country Girl brings us face-to-face with a life of high drama and contemplation. Starting with O'Brien's birth in a grand but deteriorating house in Ireland, her story moves through convent school to elopement, divorce, single-motherhood, the wild parties of the '60s in London, and encounters with Hollywood giants, pop stars, and literary titans. There is love and unrequited love, and the glamour of trips to America as a celebrated writer and the guest of Jackie Onassis and Hillary Clinton. Country Girl is a rich and heady accounting of the events, people, emotions, and landscape that have imprinted upon and enhanced one lifetime.

Saints and Sinners

Saints and Sinners
Author: Edna O'Brien
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780571270934
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Release: 2011-02-17
Editor: Faber & Faber
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Edna O'Brien's The Country Girls trilogy begins in August 2019. 'Edna O'Brien writes the most beautiful, aching stories of any writer, anywhere.' Alice Munro A woman walks the streets of Manhattan and contemplates with exquisite longing the precarious affair she has embarked on, amidst the grandeur and cacophony of the cityscape; a young Irish girl and her mother are thrilled to be invited to visit the glamorous Coughlan's but find - for all the promise of their green gorgette, silver shoes and fancy dinner parties - they leave disappointed; an Irishman in north London retraces his life as a young lad with his mates digging the streets and dreaming of the apocryphal gold, an outsider both in Ireland and England, yet he carries the lodestar of his native land ... This classic collection glows with Edna O'Brien's trademark lyricism, powerful evocations of place, and heart-breaking insight into the desires and contradictions of humanity. This ebook features the first chapter of Edna O'Brien's stunning new novel, Girl, published by Faber in September 2019 and available to pre-order now.

Thirteen Chairs

Thirteen Chairs
Author: Dave Shelton
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780545823111
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Release: 2015-07-28
Editor: Scholastic Inc.
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A spine-tingling collection of ghost stories When a boy finds himself drawn into an empty house one cold night, he enters a room in which twelve unusual-looking people sit around a table. And the thirteenth chair is pulled out for him.One by one, each of those assembled tells their ownghost story: tales of doom and death; of ghostly creatures and malevolent spirits; of revenge and reward. It is only at the end of the night that the boy starts to understand what story he must tell . . .

In the Forest

In the Forest
Author: Edna O'Brien
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780374721459
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Release: 2020-10-20
Editor: Picador
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In the Forest is a newly reissued edition of the terrifying novel from "one of the greatest writers in the English-speaking world" (The New York Times), Edna O'Brien...

Country Girls

Country Girls
Author: Edna O'Brien
Pages: 112
ISBN: 9780571283095
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Release: 2011-10-20
Editor: Faber & Faber
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Edna O'Brien's wonderful, wild and moving novel shocked the nation on its publication in 1960. Adapted for the stage by the author, The Country Girls, the play, is a highly theatrical and free-flowing telling of this classic coming of age story.

Clifford the Big Red Dog Classic Storybook

Clifford the Big Red Dog  Classic Storybook
Author: Norman Bridwell
Pages: 32
ISBN: 9780545529945
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Release: 2012-10-01
Editor: Scholastic Inc.
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

It only takes a little to be BIG!

The Twelve Chairs

The Twelve Chairs
Author: Ilʹi͡a Ilʹf,Evgeniĭ Petrov
Pages: 395
ISBN: 0810114844
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Release: 1997
Editor: Northwestern University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Ostap Bender is an unemployed con artist living by his wits in postrevolutionary Soviet Russia. He joins forces with Ippolit Matveyevich Vorobyaninov, a former nobleman who has returned to his hometown to find a cache of missing jewels which were hidden in some chairs that have been appropriated by the Soviet authorities. The search for the bejeweled chairs takes these unlikely heroes from the provinces to Moscow to the wilds of Soviet Georgia and the Trans-caucasus mountains; on their quest they encounter a wide variety of characters: from opportunistic Soviet bureaucrats to aging survivors of the prerevolutionary propertied classes, each one more selfish, venal, and ineffective than the one before.

Casualties of Peace

Casualties of Peace
Author: Edna O'Brien
Pages: 140
ISBN: 0140028757
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Release: 1968
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Roman.

The Girl in the Red Coat

The Girl in the Red Coat
Author: Kate Hamer
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780571313259
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Release: 2015-02-24
Editor: Faber & Faber
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

She is the missing girl. But she doesn't know she's lost. Carmel Wakeford becomes separated from her mother at a local children's festival, and is found by a man who claims to be her estranged grandfather. He tells her that her mother has had an accident and that she is to live with him for now. As days become weeks with her new family, 8-year-old Carmel realises that this man believes she has a special gift... While her mother desperately tries to find her, Carmel embarks on an extraordinary journey, one that will make her question who she is - and who she might become.

The Light of Evening

The Light of Evening
Author: Edna O'Brien
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780374721466
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Release: 2020-10-20
Editor: Picador
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Light of Evening is a newly reissued edition of the novel by award-winning author Edna O'Brien...

I Asked Cathleen to Dance

I Asked Cathleen to Dance
Author: Gerard Windsor
Pages: 313
ISBN: 0702231282
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Release: 1999
Editor: Univ. of Queensland Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In 1963, the beginning of the sixties and the sexual revolution, Gerard Windsor entered a novitiate to prepare to become a Jesuit priest. A decade later, in 1973, he visited Ireland for the first time, having left the Jesuits not long before. I Asked Cathleen to Dance is his intimate and beguiling memoir of that heady visit to Ireland when he first became bewitched by both the country and the world of women. It follows on from Heaven Where the Bachelors Sit, his highly acclaimed book which recounted his time spent in the novitiate. Patrick White had said to Windsor before the young man set out on his journey, that Ireland is an old man sitting on a bridge watching the water go by. For Windsor, however, Ireland was always a woman and unambiguously female. She was the woman old and the woman young.. And so we follow Windsor as he travels by bike, bus, on foot and in the cars of strangers across Ireland, and as he encounters women and his own latent sexuality. He says of himself on leaving the priesthood, and I was slow to enter any new world of sexual bonding. Yet he found himself seduced by the 'siren song' of Cathleen ni Houlihan 'the' party girl on Ireland's currency. Most of us can remember a journey taken early in our lives when the world opened up to us in ways we will never forget. This is such a journey, recalled here in poignant yet often humorous detail. Windsor's playfully wry and confiding tone and his own inept stumbling towards women suit perfectly the soft landscape and the cast of quirky characters he describes in I Asked Cathleen to Dance.

The Little Book of Hygge

The Little Book of Hygge
Author: Meik Wiking
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780241283936
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Release: 2016-09-01
Editor: Penguin UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

**THE INTERNATIONAL, NEW YORK TIMES and SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER, WITH OVER A MILLION COPIES SOLD AROUND THE WORLD** Denmark has an international reputation for being one of the happiest nations in the world, and hygge is widely recognised to be the magic ingredient to this happiness. Hygge has been described as everything from "the art of creating intimacy", "cosines of the soul", "the absence of annoyance" to "taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things", "cosy togetherness" and "the pursuit of everyday pleasures". Hooga? Hhyooguh? Heurgh? It is not really important how you choose to pronounce or even spell 'hygge'. What is important is that you feel it. Whether you're cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends, hygge is about creating an atmosphere where we can let your guard down. The Little Book of Hygge is the definitive, must-read introduction to hygge, written by Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. The book is packed full of original research on hygge, conducted by Meik and his team, along with beautiful photographs, recipes and ideas to help you add a touch of hygge to your life.

A Pagan Place

A Pagan Place
Author: Edna O'Brien
Pages: 206
ISBN: 0618126902
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Release: 2001
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A PAGAN PLACE is Edna O'Brien's true novel of Ireland. Here she returns to that uniquely wonderful, terrible, peculiar place she once called home and writes not only of a life there--of the child becoming a woman--but of the Irish experience out of which that life arises--perhaps more pointedly than in any of her other works. This is the Ireland of country villages and barley fields, of druids in the woods, of unknown babies in the womb, of mischievous girls and Tans with guns. Ireland has marked Edna O'Brien's life and work with unmistakable color and depth, and here she recreates her homeland with a singular grace and intensity.

August is a Wicked Month

August is a Wicked Month
Author: Edna O'Brien
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780571330560
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Release: 2016-07-05
Editor: Faber & Faber
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Lose yourself in the legendary Edna O'Brien's simmering tale of a woman rediscovering herself on the French Riviera ... 'The taboo-breaking, the fabulous prose - there's no one like Edna O'Brien ... Beautiful.' Anne Enright 'Novels of heart-breaking empathy, rigorous honesty and peerless beauty.' Eimear McBride 'Brilliant and brave.' Ann Patchett 'A treasure.' New York Times Separated from her husband and young son, Ellen leaves behind the loneliness of London for a new life of excitement and sexual freedom:a 'jaunt into iniquity' on the gorgeous French Riviera. However, she soon discovers that independence blurs into loneliness, especially when she receives some heart-breaking news ... Banned in several countries on first publication, Edna O'Brien's August is a Wicked Month is a shimmering, sensual tale of a woman rediscovering herself - and it feels just as glorious, radical, and escapist as today. 'O'Brien simply offers her characters and they come to us living.' V.S. Naipaul 'One of the greatest Irish writers, of this or any era.' Sunday Independent 'One of our bravest and best novelists' Irish Times 'A literary great.' Times

House of Splendid Isolation

House of Splendid Isolation
Author: Edna O'Brien
Pages: 232
ISBN: 0374173095
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Release: 1994
Editor: Farrar Straus & Giroux
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The heart-breaking dilemmas and the noble and bloody history of Ireland come vividly to life in the tale of Josie, a widow living in a solitary house outside an Irish village, whose home becomes the hideout of an IRA terrorist.

The Chairs Are Where the People Go

The Chairs Are Where the People Go
Author: Misha Glouberman,Sheila Heti
Pages: 192
ISBN: 1429968648
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Release: 2011-07-05
Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Should neighborhoods change? Is wearing a suit a good way to quit smoking? Why do people think that if you do one thing, you're against something else? Is monogamy a trick? Why isn't making the city more fun for you and your friends a super-noble political goal? Why does a computer last only three years? How often should you see your parents? How should we behave at parties? Is marriage getting easier? What can spam tell us about the world? Misha Glouberman's friend and collaborator, Sheila Heti, wanted her next book to be a compilation of everything Misha knew. Together, they made a list of subjects. As Misha talked, Sheila typed. He talked about games, relationships, cities, negotiation, improvisation, Casablanca, conferences, and making friends. His subjects ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous. But sometimes what had seemed trivial began to seem important—and what had seemed important began to seem less so. The Chairs Are Where the People Go is refreshing, appealing, and kind of profound. It's a self-help book for people who don't feel they need help, and a how-to book that urges you to do things you don't really need to do.

Out of My Mind

Out of My Mind
Author: Sharon M. Draper
Pages: 295
ISBN: 9781416971719
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Release: 2012-05
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.