Saints and Sinners
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.
A collection characterised by all of Edna O'Brien's trademark lyricism, powerful evocations of place and a glorious and an often heart-breaking grasp of people and their desires and contradictions.
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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