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Stories by Contemporary Irish Women (Irish Studies)

Daniel J Casey

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ISBN 10: 0815624891 / ISBN 13: 9780815624899
Published by Syracuse University Press, 2015
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Title: Stories by Contemporary Irish Women (Irish ...

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Hardcover

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With this collection of some of English-language short stories of the past half century, the reader is invited to see Ireland afresh from the perspective of its women writers. Included are stories by well-known writers such as Mary Lavin, Edna O'Brien and Julia O'Faolain. The collection also includes new writers, such as Clare Boylan, Rita Kelly, and Una Woods.

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In a perceptive if often somber collection of 17 tales, featuring veterans and newcomers alike, Mary Beckett's "Saints and Scholars" takes the form of an angry dialogue between a wife and her mother-in-law--bitter, disappointed women mired in a destructive relationship with the man who binds them together. F. D. Sheridan's "The Empty Ceiling" conjures a woman deeply disturbed by the bombing death of a boy who retreats into an emotional cocoon. The narrator of Edna O'Brien's "A Scandalous Woman" recalls how a childhood friend, beautiful and lively, looked for romance but settled for being "ruined" by a bank clerk, eventually succumbing to madness. The speaker concludes that her country is "a land of shame, a land of murder and a land of strange sacrificial women." Clare Boylan's "Housekeeper's Cut" strikes a lighter note, as a country wife and a London bachelor learn that in an illicit affair it's easier to love when the loved one is miles away. Daniel Casey co-edited Modern Irish-American Fiction: A Reader ; Linda Casey is a freelance anthologizer.
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