Saints and Sinners: Stories
With her inimitable gift for describing the workings of the heart and mind, Edna O'Brien introduces us to a vivid new cast of restless, searching people who-whether in the Irish countryside or London or New York-remind us of our own humanity.
In "Send My Roots Rain," Miss Gilhooley, a librarian, waits in the lobby of a posh Dublin hotel-expecting to meet a celebrated poet while reflecting on the great love who disappointed her. The Irish workers of "The Shovel Kings" have pipe dreams of becoming millionaires in London, but long for their quickly changing homeland-exiles in both places. "Green Georgette" is a searing anatomy of class, through the eyes of a little girl; "Old Wounds" illuminates the importance of family and memory in old age. In language that is always bold and vital, Edna O'Brien pays tribute to the universal forces that rule our lives.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Cariola - LibraryThing
This collection of short stories is rather bleak: there are no happy endings for the characters, and for some, there are no endings at all. The settings move from Dublin to London to New York and back ... Read full review
Review: Saints and Sinners: StoriesUser Review - Jonathan - Goodreads
I've never read Edna O'Brien before, but I certain will again after tearing through these short stories. Definitively Irish in tone and concern, these stories are finely detailed, nuanced pieces of a particularly Irish sort of angst - Englishness, class, status, etc. Read full review