After her brother's brutal murder, a twenty-two-year-old university student in Belfast is torn by her conflicting feelings of spirituality, as her religion tortures more than comforts her.
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Deirdre Madden is from Toomebridge, Co. Antrim. Her novels include One by One in the Darkness, Authenticity, Molly Fox's Birthday and, most recently, Time Present and Time Past. She has twice been shortlisted for the Orange Prize. She teaches at Trinity College, Dublin, and is a member of the Irish Arts Academy, Aosdana.From Library Journal:
Madden evokes life in modern Belfast through her three characters. Kathy and Theresa are university students; Robert, Kathy's lover, is a journalist. He is an atheist, they are Catholic. Theresa is an intellectual, an activist in spirit, but nearly destroyed by the brutal murder of her beloved twin brother. Robert cares nothing for politics or religion, and in his denial isolates his soul till it is almost incapable even of remembering feeling. Kathy, between these extremes, tries to establish relationships, but finds barriers everywhere. The tensions and frustrations of their lives, reflections of the city, permeate every event, every contact. Madden's skill as a short story writer is clear in the economy of her novel: every character is sharp, the atmosphere pervasive. This is not a panorma, but a focused glimpse, as through a surgeon's eye, of a terrible malignancy. Ann Donovan, Central Washington Univ. Lib., Ellensburg
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Book Description Atlantic Monthly Pr, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110871130653
Book Description Atlantic Monthly Pr. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0871130653 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1402443
Book Description Atlantic Monthly Pr, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0871130653