Academy Street

Academy Street

Book - 2015
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"A vibrant, intimate, hypnotic portrait of one woman's life, from an important new writer. Tess 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"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780374100520
0374100527
Characteristics: 145 pages ; 22 cm

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elleng
Jun 21, 2016

I'm sure this was written with "Brooklyn " in mind. A more modern telling of the Irish girl who immigrates to America. If you like sad books this ones for you. Despite that, I did enjoy the story. As an American I can hardly fathom the lonliness immigrants experience.

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uncommonreader
Oct 07, 2015

This novel depicts the whole life of a quiet, lonely Irish girl who moves to New York City where she becomes a nurse and mother. It is the story of an inner life. Although there are some rough patches in the story-telling, overall the book succeeds.

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