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Saints and Sinners

by Edna O'Brien

eBooks of the Month Modern and Contemporary Fiction

LoveReading View on Saints and Sinners

Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 17 February 2011.

A collection that is characterised by the author's powerful evocations of place and a glorious and an often heart-breaking grasp of people and their desires and contradictions.


Saints and Sinners Synopsis

A woman walks the streets of Manhattan and contemplates with exquisite longing the precarious affair she has embarked on, amidst the grandeur and cacophony of the cityscape; a young Irish girl and her mother are thrilled to be invited to visit the glamorous Coughlan's but find - for all the promise of their green gorgette, silver shoes and fancy dinner parties - they leave disappointed; an Irishman in north London retraces his life as a young lad with his mates digging the streets and dreaming of the apocryphal gold, an outside both in Ireland and England, yet he carries the lodestar of his native land. This is a collection characterised by all of Edna O'Brien's trademark lyricism, powerful evocations of place and a glorious and an often heart-breaking grasp of people and their desires and contradictions.

Saints and Sinners Press Reviews

Prasie for Edna O'Brien:


‘Edna O’Brien writes the most beautiful, aching stories of any writer, anywhere.’ ALICE MUNRO


‘There is no living Irish writer who compares in terms of style, stamina, depth or meaning. She has consistently been at the necessary edge of who we are.’ COLUM MCCANN

‘One great virtue of Edna O’Brien’s writing is the sensation it gives of a world made new by language.’ SEAMUS HEANEY

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ISBN: 9780571270316
Publication date: 17/02/2011
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571270316
Publication date: 17th February 2011
Author: Edna O'Brien
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Modern and Contemporary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Short stories,

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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