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.

Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2015
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780374100520
Branch Call Number: FIC COS
Characteristics: 145 pages ; 22 cm


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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.

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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