The Light of Evening

The Light of Evening

Book - 2006
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It is Rusheen that still holds mother and daughter together." "Eleanora's visit to her mother's sickbed does not prove to be the glad reunion that Dilly prayed for. And in her hasty departure, Eleanora leaves behind a secret journal of their stormy relationship - a revelation that brings the novel to a shocking close."--BOOK JACKET.
"From her hospital bed in Dublin, the ailing Dilly Macready eagerly awaits a visit from her long-estranged daughter, Eleanora. Years before, Eleanora fled Ireland for London when her sensual first novel caused a local scandal. Eleanora's peripatetic life since then has brought international fame but personal heartbreak in her failed quest for love. Always, her mother beseeches her to return home, sending letters that are priceless in their mix of love, guilt, and recrimination. For all her disapproval, Dilly herself knows something of Eleanora's need for freedom: as a young woman in the 1920s, Dilly left Ireland for a new life in New York City. Edna O'Brien's portrait of New York in that era is a tour de force, filled with the clang and clatter of the city, the camaraderie of working girls against their callous employers, and their fierce competition over handsome young men. But a lover's betrayal sent Dilly reeling back to Ireland to raise a family on a lovely old farm named Rusheen.
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson,� 2006
ISBN: 9780297851332
Branch Call Number: AF O'BRI


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Aug 20, 2016

I would read this author's grocery talented. Enjoyed this surprise. Preferred accounts of mother to daughter, but all is so well written and relevant.

lpwords Nov 24, 2012

As ever, O'Brien's language is wonderful, her themes poignant, her storytelling astute.

May 01, 2012

Autobiographic. O'Brien's mother's letters are wonderful - full of love, recrimination and gossip. Her mother went to Brooklyn as a young woman and is now dying. Although mother and daughter are always at odds, the bond between them is unbreakable.

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