The Little Red Chairs

The Little Red Chairs
Author: Edna O'Brien
Pages: 320
ISBN: 0316378240
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Release: 2016-12-06
Editor: Back Bay Books
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: 320
ISBN: 9780316378253
Available:
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.

Girl

Girl
Author: Edna O'Brien
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780374721381
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Release: 2019-10-15
Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Girl, Edna O’Brien’s hotly anticipated new novel, envisages the lives of the Boko Haram girls in a masterpiece of violence and tenderness. I was a girl once, but not anymore. So begins Girl, Edna O’Brien’s harrowing portrayal of the young women abducted by Boko Haram. Set in the deep countryside of northeast Nigeria, this is a brutal story of incarceration, horror, and hunger; a hair-raising escape into the manifold terrors of the forest; and a descent into the labyrinthine bureaucracy and hostility awaiting a victim who returns home with a child blighted by enemy blood. From one of the century's greatest living authors, Girl is an unforgettable story of one victim’s astonishing survival, and her unflinching faith in the redemption of the human heart.

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.

Wild Decembers

Wild Decembers
Author: Edna O'Brien
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780374721442
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Release: 2020-10-20
Editor: Picador
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Wild Decembers is a newly reissued edition of the novel by Edna O'Brien, "one of the most celebrated writers in the English language" (NPR's Weekend Edition)...

The Fugitivities

The Fugitivities
Author: Jesse McCarthy
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781612198071
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Release: 2021-06-08
Editor: Melville House
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A singular and powerful debut novel about a young black American learning the difficulties of forming your own identity when society has already assigned you one Like most recent college graduates, Jonah Winters is unsure of what's next. A young black American raised in France and living in New York City, he tries on a couple of careers only to find that nothing feels right. And as Jonah struggles to envision his future, he feels pressured by his friends and family to put the struggles of his community before his search for self. But then a chance encounter with an ex-NBA player with his own regrets, inspires Jonah to take his life into his own hands. Deciding to leave the country entirely, he sets off for Brazil. And as he makes and breaks friendships on the way, reflects on his past relationships, and learns to rely on himself, Jonah slowly forms an understanding of self, community, and freedom that is rarely afforded to young black men.

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.

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.

In the Forest

In the Forest
Author: Edna O'Brien
Pages: 262
ISBN: 0618339655
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Release: 2002
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Michen O'Kane, who was born with a killer instinct, unleashes his murderous rage along the countryside of western Ireland, drawing innocent victims into the forest of his twisted fantasies.

Old Lovegood Girls

Old Lovegood Girls
Author: Gail Godwin
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781632868213
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Release: 2020-05-05
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"As always, wry, beadyeyed, acute." -Margaret Atwood, via Twitter From the bestselling, award-winning author of Flora and Evensong comes the story of two remarkable women and the complex friendship between them that spans decades. When the dean of Lovegood Junior College for Girls decides to pair Feron Hood with Merry Jellicoe as roommates in 1958, she has no way of knowing the far-reaching consequences of the match. Feron, who has narrowly escaped from a dark past, instantly takes to Merry and her composed personality. Surrounded by the traditions and four-story Doric columns of Lovegood, the girls--and their friendship--begin to thrive. But underneath their fierce friendship is a stronger, stranger bond, one comprised of secrets, rivalry, and influence--with neither of them able to predict that Merry is about to lose everything she grew up taking for granted, and that their time together will be cut short. Ten years later, Feron and Merry haven't spoken since college. Life has led them into vastly different worlds. But, as Feron says, once someone is inside your “reference aura,” she stays there forever. And when each woman finds herself in need of the other's essence, that spark--that remarkable affinity, unbroken by time--between them is reignited, and their lives begin to shift as a result. Luminous and masterfully crafted, Old Lovegood Girls is the story of a powerful friendship between talented writers, two college friends who have formed a bond that takes them through decades of a fast-changing world, finding and losing and finding again the one friendship that defines them.

Time and Tide

Time and Tide
Author: Edna O'Brien
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780374721497
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Release: 2019-10-15
Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A newly reissued novel from the author of Girl, “one of the most celebrated writers in the English language” (NPR’s Weekend Edition) “As her disturbing novel clearly reveals, Edna O’Brien possesses what Henry James called an imagination for disaster...[Time and Tide] is an anthology of heightened moments...never less than brilliantly expressed.” —Joel Conarroe, The New York Times Book Review Time and Tide is a fragmented novel detailing the loves and catastrophes—and catastrophic loves—of Nell, an Irish woman trying to make a life for herself in the literary world of London. "A whimsical beauty who has swapped the suffocating narrowness of her native land for the loveless brutality of England" (The Independent), Nell is in flight from bitter, controlling, and small-minded parents, yet risks becoming just such a mother to her own sons. She seeks comfort and acceptance, yet finds death, drugs, and "an orgy of humiliation" (The New York Times Book Review). She seeks companionship, yet finds one after another predatory man: sadists, alcoholics, unscrupulous doctors, and even child molesters. Can Nell extract from the "the vast inhospitality of a creaking world" some measure of beauty and grace? The answer, of course, is yes—but at the price of many illusions.

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...

Down by the River

Down by the River
Author: Edna O'Brien
Pages: 265
ISBN: 0452278775
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Release: 1998
Editor: N A L Trade
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A novel set in Ireland relates the story of a young girl who becomes pregnant by her father, a situation made worse when it becomes fodder for the mill of church, state, and the town square. Reprint.

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 Age of Infidelity and Other Stories

The Age of Infidelity and Other Stories
Author: Valerie Sayers
Pages: 146
ISBN: 9781725253742
Available:
Release: 2020-06-03
Editor: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In the spirit of Muriel Spark and Walker Percy, The Age of Infidelity's eleven stories embrace the comic, the absurd, and the dead serious. Faithless parents betray their children, the young betray the old, and lovers betray each other--but somehow these characters cling to hope. Aging white cheerleaders shout through an online megaphone, remembering a time when racial equality seemed almost possible; a teenager endures her father's abandonment as her mother's psychotic episodes pick up pace; an old couple on the lam from the Constitutional Guard of the future hides out in a garage reminiscent of our consumerist past. In an age many call post-religious, these characters want to believe in something, but they're not always sure what that something is. Set in landscapes from the small-town South to New York City, from a parched Midwest to a deserted Dublin, these stories time-travel from our Jim Crow past to an imagined future of warehouses for the aged where robots do the nursing. With what the Washington Post describes as her "distinctive brutal elegance," Valerie Sayers writes playfully, powerfully, and musically. These stories form an album riffing on our age, the Age of Infidelity.

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.

A Chair for My Mother

A Chair for My Mother
Author: Vera B. Williams
Pages: 32
ISBN: 9780063222496
Available:
Release: 2021-09-07
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The jar of coins is full. The day has come to buy the chair - the big, fat, comforable, wonderful chair they have been saving for. The chair that will replace the one that was burned up - along with everything else - in the terrible fire. A book of love and tenderness filled with the affirmation of life.