The Irish Family: Kate O’Brien, Anakana Schofield, and Lisa McInerney

2017-09-18T10:58:03+00:00

These are the kinds of stories which expose the imperfections which lie beneath a carefully smoothed comforter. Honest characterization is key, Lisa McInerney explains to Marie Gethins,: "There is absolutely no element or aspect of their characters’ lives a writer should shy away from presenting, no matter how unpleasant.

The Irish Family: Kate O’Brien, Anakana Schofield, and Lisa McInerney 2017-09-18T10:58:03+00:00

Hodgepodge of Irish Bookishness

2017-04-12T13:07:27+00:00

There's some Irish in me and some on my bookshelves, too, but this March, with Reading Ireland hosted by Cathy at 746 Books and memories of reading Irish short stories with Mel at The Reading Life, I went for a library browse to add to the volumes I'd pulled from my shelves.

Hodgepodge of Irish Bookishness 2017-04-12T13:07:27+00:00

Edna O’Brien’s The Love Object

2017-07-24T14:56:47+00:00

In interview with Harriet Gilbert, when meeting to discuss her landmark work The Country Girls as part of the BBC's World Book Club, Edna O'Brien speaks about the relationship in that novel between a young woman and a married man referred to as Mr. Gentleman. Little, Brown and Company, 2015

Edna O’Brien’s The Love Object 2017-07-24T14:56:47+00:00

Padma Viswanathan’s The Ever After of Ashwin Rao (2014)

2014-09-15T11:34:23+00:00

The dedication to Padma Viswanathan's second novel: For the lost, and for the living. Random House of Canada, 2014 Therein, the reader haa a clue, for The Ever After of Ashwin Rao is equally preoccupied with losing and living. The novel opens in 2004, on the precipice of the trial which

Padma Viswanathan’s The Ever After of Ashwin Rao (2014) 2014-09-15T11:34:23+00:00

Anne Enright’s The Forgotten Waltz (2011)

2014-03-17T14:24:07+00:00

If only the word 'waltz' appeared like a stain on the sheets -- this would be the perfect cover image. For now, Gina Moynihan stands back and looks at the bed that she and Seán Vallely shared, and it's a messy sight. Messy, but still fresh: you can see the indents

Anne Enright’s The Forgotten Waltz (2011) 2014-03-17T14:24:07+00:00