Nuala Ni Chonchuir Mother America

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Mother America

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In this short story collection, mothers tattoo their children and abduct them; they act as surrogates and they use charms to cure childhood illness. The story `Letters' sees an Irish mother cling to love of her son, though he abandoned her in New York. In `Queen of Tattoo,' Lydia, the tattooed lady from the Groucho Marx song, tries to understand why her son is a bad man. Set in Ireland and America, as well as Paris, Rome, and Mexico, these stories map the lives of parents and the boundaries they cross. Ni Chonchuir's sinewy prose dazzles as she exposes the follies of motherhood as well as its triumphs.

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'...You deserves to find a place in our pantheon of much-admired, beautifully crafted variations on a theme'
 
Arminta Wallace, The Irish Times
 
'...timeless, placeless and universal... a must read'
 
Yvonne Hogan, The Irish Independent
 
'...a vivid and immediate sensory experience,...Ní Chonchúir's ear - as you might expect of a poet - is alive to the language of her characters...it is about the ordinary, and the secret life that runs beneath it'
 
Kevin Power, The Sunday Business Post
 
'The novel flows beautifully and is understated in tone...This gem is sure to win her further acclaim. Nuala Ní Chonchúir is a writer to watch.'
 
Sue Leonard, The Irish Examiner
 
'You supplies a pitch-perfect voice to the estranged youngster within each of us, the result being a quietly disarming experience for the reader...It is another success from a writer who seems composed of something that literary awards like to be around... It's all done organically, the hand of the author combining with the reader's own sense of childhood nostalgia to create literary alchemy.'
Hilary A. White, Sunday Independent
 
'Ní Chonchúir is excellent on the shifting allegiances between children...this would not have been taken for a début.'
 
Tom Widger, Sunday Tribune
 
 
 
'...this novel uses plain prose, vivid detail, fresh images, and the delightful Dublin vernacular. You is a compelling story that brings to life complex characters and delivers hard-hitting truths.'
 
Ethel Rohan, Pank
 
'Her prose is both dignifying and empowering to her subjects, and it is her psychological ableness which will mark Ní Chonchúir as a writer of significance.'
 
Rachel J. Fenton, Melusine
 
 
 
Praise for Nude (short story collection)
 
'The stories are composed of agile narrative voices, lively dialogue and the occasional lyric lift. In spite of their brevity, there is a confident, suggestive power that lingers through every ellipse.'
Katie Donovan, The Irish Times
 
 
'Nude is a success.'
Julian Fleming, Sunday Business Post
 
 
'The triumph of the author is that unhappy or distracted as her characters are their stories are told with odd dignity and absolute conviction.'
Seán McMahon, Verbal
 
'Ní Chonchúir writes of individuals, people, you, me, with all the bumps and bits we'd rather keep hidden, highlighted, but highlighted with a poets sensibility, leaving us with this beautiful sensual collection of stories.'
Gary Moon, The Parrish Lantern

About the Author:

Nuala Ní Chonchúir is a short story writer, novelist and poet, born in Dublin in 1970 and living in Galway. Her fourth short story collection Mother America was published by New Island in June 2012. Her third poetry collection The Juno Charm was published by Salmon Poetry in 2011. Nuala's story 'Peach', in the Winter 2011 issue of Prairie Schooner, won the Jane Geske Award and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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