The Rose Garden

The Rose Garden

Short Stories

eBook - 2015
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A literary event-twenty short stories by the late Maeve Brennan, one of The new Yorker's most admired writers. Five are set in the author's native Dublin, a city, like Joyce's, of paralyzed souls and unexpressed love. the others are set in and around her adopted Manhattan, which she once called "the capsized city-half-capsized, anyway, with the inhabitants hanging on, most of them still able to laugh as they cling to the island that is their life's predicament." Some of the stories are quietly tender, some ferociously satirical, some unique in their chilly emotional weather. All are Maeve Brennan at her incomparable best.
Publisher: [United States] : Counterpoint : Made available through hoopla, 2015
ISBN: 9781619026537
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Dec 12, 2015

To any who found his way to this book by way of "Spinster" by Kate Bolick...welcome! Me too. If you are next checking out "Maeve Brennan: Homesick at the New Yorker" by Angela Bourke...see you there.
As an aside, I think that this is a reasonable order in which to read these three books.
This collection of short stories is fascinating when taken in the context of Brennan's life in Ireland and New York. So much of her fiction draws closely from her life and family in Ireland through her break into journalism and development as a female writer in the mid 1900's. What a time to be a female. And a writer. How much can one gal smoke and drink?
I'm excited to move on to her biography and learn more about the puzzling end of her life. See you there?

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