The Love Object

The Love Object

Selected Stories

Book - 2015
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Grand Central Pub
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 O'Brien "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 O'Brien's 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 O'Brien's gifts were acknowledged with the most prestigious international award for the story, the Frank O'Connor Short Story Award. THE LOVE OBJECT illustrates a career's worth of shimmering, potent prose from a writer of great courage, vision, and heart.

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

Baker & Taylor
Collected for the first time, 31 stories from the "short story master" and "one of the finest writers of our time," paints a cumulative portrait of Ireland, one filled with motifs of coming of age, the impact of class and familial and romantic love. 25,000 first printing.

& Taylor

More than thirty stories paint a cumulative portrait of Ireland, one filled with motifs of coming of age, the impact of class, and familial and romantic love.

Publisher: New York : Little Brown & Co, 2015
Edition: First North American edition
ISBN: 9780316378260
Branch Call Number: Fiction OBrien
Characteristics: xii, 528 pages ; 25 cm


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Apr 30, 2018

If you enjoy beautifully written short stories this book is a must read.

Dec 09, 2015

The stories in this book are so insightful, so perfectly worded, and present such a vivid picture of Ireland in the 20th century that I wouldn't recommend reading the whole book at once. It's hefty in terms of length, and deserves to be lingered over -- I read about a third of it before I had to return it, and will be checking it out again in the future, rather than rushing through this beautiful book. Edna O'Brien is an amazing writer, and these are short stories at their absolute best.

Sep 03, 2015

Excellent excellent excellent. A master of the short story and close to Alice Munro - high praise! Really captures women's lives and emotions and everyday life.


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