Saints and Sinners by Edna O'Brien
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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.
 

About Edna O'Brien

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Writer Edna O'Brien was born in Clare County, Ireland, in 1936 and attended Pharmaceutical College in Dublin. O'Brien, winner of the Kingsley Amis Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Price and the European Literature Prize, has written short stories, novels, plays, television plays and screenplays. She has also written for such magazines as Cosmopolitan, Ladies Home Journal and The New Yorker.
 
Published May 9, 2011 by Back Bay Books. 248 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Some of the restless, searching people in Edna O’Brien’s stories confront political violence, others reflect on disappointing loves.

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In spite of its title, Edna O'Brien's lush and melancholy new collection of stories is populated not so much by the holy or damned as by imperfect characters we can all recognise: the sad and the stranded, the hopeful and the lovelorn – people who fully inhabit their complex present, yet anticipa...

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In spite of its title, Edna O'Brien's lush and melancholy new collection of stories is populated not so much by the holy or damned as by imperfect characters we can all recognise: the sad and the stranded, the hopeful and the lovelorn – people who fully inhabit their complex present, yet anticipa...

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To call Edna O'Brien prolific is like calling Lady Gaga unusual. It doesn't quite cover it. Over the past 50 years, Ms. O'Brien, who turned 80 in December, has written 27 novels, two biographies (T.S. Eliot and James Joyce) and one play.

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Independent.ie

Or, as the story 'Old Wounds' puts it, as if there is some other desirable emotion, not love and not hate, but "something for which there is no name, because to name it would be to deprive it of its truth".

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