LitStack Review: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

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The Wonder Emma Donoghue Little, Brown and Company Release Date:  September 20, 2016 ISBN 978-0-316-39387-4 It’s 1859, and English nurse Lib Wright has been hired to travel to the Irish Midlands to observe a pending miracle – a young girl who for four months has supposedly subsisted only on “manna from heaven.” Lib is skeptical, [….]

LitStack Review: The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien

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The Little Red Chairs Edna O’Brien Little, Brown and Company Release Date:  March 29, 2016 ISBN 978-0-316-37823-9 On April 6, 1992, a siege began in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which lasted over three and half years. Government forces were outgunned by heavily armed Bosnian Serbs who held the heights around the city. [….]

LitStack Recs: Brooklyn & 3 Sections

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Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin Toibin’s 2009 novel, which won that year’s Costa Award, is a lovely and haunting story set in 1950s Dublin and New York. It tells of Eilis Lacey, born and raised in Enniscorthy, in Ireland’s County Wexford, and her immigration to the United States as a young woman. Her well-meaning sister, Rose, [….]

LitStack Recs: Kraken & Nora Webster

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Nora Webster, by Colm Tóibín At the heart of Colm Tóibín‘s new novel is the story of a woman, a story, he says, he’d been circling around for years. It’s there, in his novels and stories (eight novels and a collection) as a metaphor, an idea at the perimeter. That novel, Nora Webster, just released, centers [….]

LitStack Review: The Pink Suit by Nicole Mary Kelby

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The Pink Suit Nicole Mary Kelby Little, Brown and Company Publication Date:  April 29, 2014 ISBN 978-0-316-23565-5 Few garments have come to define a moment in history as the pink Chanel suit that Jackie Kennedy wore on that fateful November day in 1963.  That bright suit and its accompanying pillbox hat immediately conjures up tragedy [….]

LitStack Review: Ghost Moth by Michèle Forbes

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Ghost Moth Michèle Forbes Bellevue Literary Press Release Date:  April 16, 2013 ISBN 978-1-934137-60-4 Ghost Moth is a beautifully deceptive book.  It feels light, ethereal, gentle and precious.  Yet it deals with such momentous issues as religious intolerance, infidelity, illness, death.  The truly perilous moments glance by, whereas innocuous times feel fraught with peril.  Innocence [….]

LitStack Review: Declan’s Cross by Carla Neggers

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Declan’s Cross Carla Neggers Harlequinn MIRA ISBN-13: 978-0778314639 Release Date: August 27,2013  When asked why she chose to write romantic suspense, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Carla Neggers replied, “I’m drawn to stories with great characters, a sense of adventure, high stakes, a fast pace…and a lot going on.” The passion she [….]

Irish Poet Seamus Heaney Dies at Age 74

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Irish poet Seamus Heaney died on August 30, 2013 in Dublin.  He was 74.  In 1995 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past”.  An extremely popular and widely read poet, he lived his entire life in Ireland yet [….]

Edna O’Brien: Literature Against Loneliness

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For writers in need of inspiration, look no further. The lauded Irish grande dame of the short story, Edna O’Brien, shares her own journey of writing and life in this wonderful interview from Radio Open Source. Talking with Christopher Lydon in 2011, O’Brien discussed her life growing up in rural West of Ireland, a setting [….]