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Title:
Stories by contemporary Irish women
Author:
Casey, Daniel J., 1937-
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 1990.
Physical Description:
x, 221 pages ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780815624899

9780815602491
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Book

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Summary

With this collection of some of English-language short stories of the past half century, the reader is invited to see Ireland afresh from the perspective of its women writers. Included are stories by well-known writers such as Mary Lavin, Edna O'Brien and Julia O'Faolain. The collection also includes new writers, such as Clare Boylan, Rita Kelly, and Una Woods.


Summary

With this collection of some of English-language short stories of the past half century, the reader is invited to see Ireland afresh from the perspective of its women writers. Included are stories by well-known writers such as Mary Lavin, Edna O'Brien and Julia O'Faolain. The collection also includes new writers, such as Clare Boylan, Rita Kelly, and Una Woods.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

In a perceptive if often somber collection of 17 tales, featuring veterans and newcomers alike, Mary Beckett's ``Saints and Scholars'' takes the form of an angry dialogue between a wife and her mother-in-law--bitter, disappointed women mired in a destructive relationship with the man who binds them together. F. D. Sheridan's ``The Empty Ceiling'' conjures a woman deeply disturbed by the bombing death of a boy who retreats into an emotional cocoon. The narrator of Edna O'Brien's ``A Scandalous Woman'' recalls how a childhood friend, beautiful and lively, looked for romance but settled for being ``ruined'' by a bank clerk, eventually succumbing to madness. The speaker concludes that her country is ``a land of shame, a land of murder and a land of strange sacrificial women.'' Clare Boylan's ``Housekeeper's Cut'' strikes a lighter note, as a country wife and a London bachelor learn that in an illicit affair it's easier to love when the loved one is miles away. Daniel Casey co-edited Modern Irish-American Fiction: A Reader ; Linda Casey is a freelance anthologizer. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Publisher's Weekly Review

In a perceptive if often somber collection of 17 tales, featuring veterans and newcomers alike, Mary Beckett's ``Saints and Scholars'' takes the form of an angry dialogue between a wife and her mother-in-law--bitter, disappointed women mired in a destructive relationship with the man who binds them together. F. D. Sheridan's ``The Empty Ceiling'' conjures a woman deeply disturbed by the bombing death of a boy who retreats into an emotional cocoon. The narrator of Edna O'Brien's ``A Scandalous Woman'' recalls how a childhood friend, beautiful and lively, looked for romance but settled for being ``ruined'' by a bank clerk, eventually succumbing to madness. The speaker concludes that her country is ``a land of shame, a land of murder and a land of strange sacrificial women.'' Clare Boylan's ``Housekeeper's Cut'' strikes a lighter note, as a country wife and a London bachelor learn that in an illicit affair it's easier to love when the loved one is miles away. Daniel Casey co-edited Modern Irish-American Fiction: A Reader ; Linda Casey is a freelance anthologizer. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved