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Academy Street: A Novel - Mary Costello
Academy Street: A Novel
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A vibrant, intimate, hypnotic portrait of one woman’s life, from an important new writerTess Lohan is the kind of woman that we meet and fail to notice every day. A single mother. A nurse. A quiet woman, who nonetheless feels things acutely—a woman with tumultuous emotions and few people to share... show more
A vibrant, intimate, hypnotic portrait of one woman’s life, from an important new writerTess Lohan is the kind of woman that we meet and fail to notice every day. A single mother. A nurse. A quiet woman, who nonetheless feels things acutely—a woman with tumultuous emotions and few people to share them with.     Academy Street is Mary Costello’s luminous portrait of a whole life. It follows Tess from her girlhood in western Ireland through her relocation to America and her life there, concluding with a moving reencounter with her Irish family after forty years of exile. The novel has a hypnotic pull and a steadily mounting emotional force. It speaks of disappointments but also of great joy. It shows how the signal events of the last half century affect the course of a life lived in New York City.     Anne Enright has said that Costello’s first collection of stories, The China Factory, “has the feel of work that refused to be abandoned; of stories that were written for the sake of getting something important right . . . Her writing has the kind of urgency that the great problems demand” (The Guardian).     Academy Street is driven by this same urgency. In sentence after sentence it captures the rhythm and intensity of inner life.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780374100520 (0374100527)
ASIN: 0374100527
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages no: 160
Edition language: English
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The Way She Reads
The Way She Reads rated it
3.5 Underwhelmed
I’m not entirely sure what to say about this book. It was short and it was easy enough to read. There were moments and sentences that made me pause. And yet, as a reading experience this book and the story in it left me cold. I didn’t really care about Tess’s life and everything that (doesn’t) happe...
Bettie's Books
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3.0 Academy Street by Mary Costello
bookshelves: under-50-ratings, published-2014, radio-4, fradio, winter-20142015, shortstory-shortstories-novellas Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Laura Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners Read from December 03 to 19, 2014 BABThttp://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04tj8nyDescription: A finely wrought a...
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