Saints and Sinners: Stories

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Little, Brown, May 9, 2011 - Fiction - 272 pages
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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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User Review  - Barbara Hoffert - Book Verdict

A James Joyce Ulysses Medal and Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner, called one of Ireland's ten great writers of all time by Oprah.com Book Club News (an interesting source), the eagle-eyed O'Brien ... Read full review

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User 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

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Writer Edna O'Brien was born in Clare County, Ireland, in 1930 and attended Pharmaceutical College in Dublin. O'Brien, winner of the Kingsley Amis Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Price and the European Literature Prize, has written short stories, novels, plays, television plays and screenplays. She has also written for such magazines as Cosmopolitan, Ladies Home Journal and The New Yorker.

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