Anna Kelly Sweeney is a writer of popular fiction intent on worldly success. Leo is an idealist who lives in rural County Kerry and devotes himself to poetry, culture and innumerable worthy causes. When Anna falls in love with the handsome and enigmatic Vincy, and Leo with troubled publicist Kate, the consequences of their glimpsed happiness reverberate beyond their own insulated worlds. Inspired by Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, this panoramic and compulsively readable new novel is an intelligent, witty and fiercely humane insight into modern Ireland. ""In this modern take on Anna Karenina, Anna Kelly Sweeney is an affluent Dublin housewife whose vast literary and financial aspirations fail to match her talents. . . A bruising commentary on the new Irish culture conveyed with a grin."" --Booklist
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EILIS NI DHUIBHNE was born in Dublin. Her works include Blood and Water, The Bray House, Eating Women is Not Recommended, The Inland Ice and The Pale Gold of Alaska. She has won the Bisto Book of the Year Award, the Readers' Association of Ireland Award, the Stewart Parker Award and an Oireachtas. The Dancers Dancing was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2000. Her most recent book W.B.Yeats:Works and Days, was voted the Irish Publishers' Book of the Year 2007. She works as a librarian in the National Library of Ireland.From Booklist:
In this modern take on Anna Karenina, Anna Kelly Sweeney is an affluent Dublin housewife whose vast literary and financial aspirations fail to match her talents. As an avid participant in the social writers scene, in which one-upmanship is de rigeur, she attends a book-launch party also attended by an attractive journalist, Vincy Erikson. Their initial flirtation develops into a full-blown affair, which becomes her excuse to delay her latest manuscript. Her indifferent husband and spoiled son unknowingly advance her justification for the affair, yet they seem oblivious to her new obsession, despite the open sniggering commentary from their social circle. As initial heat cools and excitement fades, we see Anna’s jealous obsession become more about Vincy than their relationship. The impact on family, friends, and ultimately upon Anna herself follows the tragic conclusion of Anna Karenina but with a gleefully sardonic twist. Ní Dhuibhue delights in wrong-footing the reader, and her flawed yet compelling cast of characters emulates the vapidity and consumption of Sheridan’s The Rivals (2006). A bruising commentary on the new Irish culture conveyed with a grin. --Catherine English
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Book Description Blackstaff Pr, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110856408077