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The Love Object: Selected Stories

 
 
Author
Edna O'Brien. John Banville, intro.
Publisher Little, Brown  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.45 x 1.75 inches
ISBN 9780316378260
Pages/Publication Date 528/2015
Daedalus Item Code 59133
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As John Banville writes in his introduction, Edna O'Brien "is, simply, one of the finest writers of our time.... The most striking aspect of [her] short stories, aside from the consistent mastery with which they are executed, is their diversity." The 31 stories collected in this volume span five decades of writing and provide a cumulative portrait of Ireland, from within and without. Coming of age, the impact of class, and familial and romantic love are the prevalent motifs, along with the instinct toward escape and subsequent nostalgia for home. In "A Rose in the Heart of New York," for example, the single-mindedness of love dramatically derails the relationship between a girl and her mother, while in "Sister Imelda" and "The Creature" the strong ties between teacher and student and mother and son are ultimately broken. "When a writer as gifted as O'Brien memorializes a vanishing world," noted Joyce Carol Oates in the Times Literary Supplement, "we experience not only the 'lost landscape' but the richly ambivalent emotions it has evoked."

"A career's selection of stories to savor.... Her stories ask impossibly difficult questions about the nature of love and the possibility of happiness, and they refuse to settle for easy answers.... This collection positions O'Brien among the literary heavyweights, where it confirms she belongs."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

 
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