Saints and Sinners

Saints and Sinners


Book - 2011
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With her inimitable gift for describing the workings of the heart and mind, Edna O'Brien introduces us to a vivid new cast of restless, searching people who-whether in the Irish countryside or London or New York-remind us of our own humanity.

In "Send My Roots Rain," Miss Gilhooley, a librarian, waits in the lobby of a posh Dublin hotel-expecting to meet a celebrated poet while reflecting on the great love who disappointed her. The Irish workers of "The Shovel Kings" have pipe dreams of becoming millionaires in London, but long for their quickly changing homeland-exiles in both places. "Green Georgette" is a searing anatomy of class, through the eyes of a little girl; "Old Wounds" illuminates the importance of family and memory in old age. In language that is always bold and vital, Edna O'Brien pays tribute to the universal forces that rule our lives.
Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books/Little, Brown and Co., 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316122726
Branch Call Number: FICTION O'Brien
Characteristics: 245 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Saints & sinners : stories


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May 01, 2012

Short stories, a couple of which are ineffably beautiful.

Mar 08, 2012

Beautiful writing, although the stories are sometimes bleak and gritty. One of the best short story writers ever - right up there with Alice Munro and Raymond Carver.

debwalker Sep 20, 2011

Irish author Edna O'Brien won the €35,000 (US$48,282) has won the Frank O'Connor prize for her short-story collection Saints and Sinners,

Aug 26, 2011

The stories are compelling; the writing lyrically precise. One of my favorite authors.


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