The Love Object: Selected Stories

The Love Object: Selected Stories by Edna OBrien 0316378283 9780316378284
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Collected here for the first time are stories spanning five decades of writing by the "short story master" (Harold Bloom).

As John Banville writes in his introduction to The Love Object, Edna OBrien "is, simply, one of the finest writers of our time." The thirty-one stories collected in this volume provide, among other things, a cumulative portrait of Ireland, seen from within and without.

Coming of age, the impact of class, and familial and romantic love are the prevalent motifs, along with the instinct toward escape and subsequent nostalgia for home. Some of the stories are linked and some carry OBriens distinct sense of the comical. In "A Rose in the Heart of New York," the single-mindedness of love dramatically derails the relationship between a girl and her mother, while in "Sister Imelda" and "The Creature" the strong ties between teacher and student and mother and son are ultimately broken. "The Love Object" recounts a passionate affair between the narrator and her older lover.

The magnificent, mid-career title story from Lantern Slides portrays a Dublin dinner party that takes on the lives and loves of all the guests. More recent stories include "Shovel Kings" -- "a masterpiece of compression, distilling the pain of a lost, exiled generation" (Sunday Times) -- and "Old Wounds," which follows the revival and demise of the friendship between two elderly cousins.

In 2011, Edna OBriens gifts were acknowledged with the most prestigious international award for the story, the Frank OConnor Short Story Award. The Love Object illustrates a careers worth of shimmering, potent prose from a writer of great courage, vision, and heart.

"The most striking aspect of Edna OBriens short stories, aside from the consistent mastery with which they are executed, is their diversity."-John Banville

The : Selected Stories

Author: Edna OBrien

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 544

Publisher: Back Bay Books

Publication Date: 2017-02-07


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