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Academy Street by Mary Costello
  

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Joyous and heart-breaking, restrained but sweeping, this is a profoundly moving story that charts one woman's quest for belonging amid the dazzle and tumult of America's greatest city. Academy Street establishes Mary Costello as one of Ireland's most exciting literary voices.

As heard on BBC radio 4 Book at Bedtime. Winner of the Irish Book Awards novel of the year 2014. Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014.


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. This absorbing novel tells the story of Tess, a quiet girl who grows up in the west of Ireland. Although, her family are well off, Tess joins the exodus to the USA, where she briefly finds love against the backdrop of New York in the sixties, a world away from her homeland, much more liberal but a lot less loving. Costello has written a sparse yet remarkably moving first novel, strangely reminiscent of J M Coetzee in its starkness.
~ The Good Book Guide

Synopsis

Academy Street by Mary Costello

Tess Lohan appears to be a quiet child. But within lies a heart of fire. A fire that will propel her from her native Ireland into the hurly-burly of 1960s New York. In this city she will face the twists of a life graced with great beauty, but forever floating close to hazard.

Reviews

'Packed with emotional intensity' Sunday Times

'A writer of huge ability ... Brings to mind John Williams's resurrected masterpiece, Stoner' Guardian

'To recount a life story in a novel is a difficult task. To do so with brevity and unsentimental honesty takes greatness. Academy Street is a powerful and emotional novel from one of literature's finest new voices' -- JOHN BOYNE

'An exceptional first novel' The Times

About the Author

Mary Costello grew up in County Galway. Her collection of short stories, The China Factory, was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award. Her stories have been published in various anthologies and broadcast on radio. She lives in Dublin.

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Publication date

2nd March 2015

Author

Mary Costello

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Publisher

Canongate Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
192 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781782114208

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