The Light of Evening

by Edna O'Brien

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Edna O'Brien returns to the world of her debut novel, The Country Girls, in an inspired account of a dying mother and her daughter.

The Light of Evening Synopsis

From her hospital bed in Dublin, the elderly Dilly awaits the visit of her daughter, Eleanora, from London. The epochs of her life pass before her; emigrating to America in the 1920s, a romantic liaison she had there, the destiny that brought her back to Ireland, and her marriage. She also retraces Eleanora's precipitate marriage to a foreigner, and Dilly's heart-rending letters sent over the years in a determination to reclaim her daughter.

Eleanora's visit does not prove to be the glad reunion that it might have been and, in her sudden departure, she leaves behind the secret journal of their stormy relationship.

The Light of Evening is a novel of dreams and broken dreams but, at its core, is the realisation that the bond between mother and child is unbreakable, stronger even than death.

The Light of Evening Press Reviews

'O'Brien's eloquent, luminous prose is used to rich effect in this story of a mother and daughter, and the turbulent passions that they provoke in one another.' Eithne Farry, DAILY MAIL

"ultimately moving map of the human heart" Daily Telegraph

'flashes of wry humour abound..... O'Brien's anguish over the bonds between mothers and daughters is heartfelt, but the power of her book comes from the comparison between the existence of the woman who returned to the limitations of her early years and the life of one who escaped. Neither found happiness, which is why the tale is moving.' Sarah Curtis, TLS

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ISBN: 9780753821756
Publication date: 05/09/2007
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780753821756
Publication date: 5th September 2007
Author: Edna O'Brien
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Reading Groups,
Categories: Historical fiction,

About Edna O'Brien

Since her debut novel The Country Girls Edna O'Brien has written over twenty works of fiction along with a biography of James Joyce and Lord Byron. She is the recipient of many awards including the Irish Pen Lifetime Achievement Award, the American National Art's Gold Medal and the Ulysses Medal. Born and raised in the west of Ireland she has lived in London for many years.

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