The Light of Evening by Edna O’Brien audiobook

The Light of Evening

By Edna O’Brien
Read by Dearbhla Molloy

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing
9.08 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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From her hospital bed in Dublin, the elderly Dilly awaits the visit of her daughter, Eleanora, from London. The epochs of her life pass before her; she also retraces Eleanora’s precipitate marriage to a foreigner, which alienated mother and daughter, and Dilly's heart rending letters sent over the years in a determination to reclaim her daughter. But Eleanora’s visit does not prove to be the glad reunion Dilly prayed for. And in her hasty departure, Eleanora leaves behind a secret journal of their stormy relationship—a revelation that brings the novel to a shocking close.

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Summary

Summary

From her hospital bed in Dublin, the elderly Dilly awaits the visit of her daughter, Eleanora, from London. The epochs of her life pass before her; she also retraces Eleanora’s precipitate marriage to a foreigner, which alienated mother and daughter, and Dilly's heart rending letters sent over the years in a determination to reclaim her daughter. But Eleanora’s visit does not prove to be the glad reunion Dilly prayed for. And in her hasty departure, Eleanora leaves behind a secret journal of their stormy relationship—a revelation that brings the novel to a shocking close.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A book supple with mature power and feeling, where a delicate everyday, even humorous love between mother and daughter is revealed as the grandest of passions.” Nuala O’Faolain
“Lush with portent, alive with Irish lore and sprinkled with autobiographical elements.” Winnipeg Free Press
“Graceful, bittersweet new novel about the ache of maternal love…one of Ireland’s finest novelists…She manages to touch on life’s most complex and painful issues in ways that are both deft and tender.” The Telegram
“O’Brien meditates with haunting lyricism on the lure of home and the compulsion to leave…The award-winning [author] evokes the cruelty of estrangement while allowing her characters to remain sympathetic and giving them real voice.” Publishers Weekly
“O’Brien’s poetic language is delightful…Molloy’s narration is a welcome aid. The heavy brogue she falls into whenever she’s speaking in the mother or grandmother’s voice provides clear character differentiation for the listener.” AudioFile
“Speaking specifically to mother-daughter relationships, this poignant novel also explores the larger issue of the Irish American consciousness: why Irishmen and Irishwomen came to America, what they did here, and why many returned home.” Booklist
“A novel of powerful, complicated emotions and rapturous writing.” Kirkus

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Author

Author Bio: Edna O’Brien

Author Bio: Edna O’Brien

Edna O’Brien is the multiaward–winning author of numerous books., including the Country Girls trilogy. She won the 2019 David Cohen Prize for lifetime achievement in literature and the 2018 PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature. She is the recipient of the James Joyce Ulysses Medal and an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 9.08
Audience: Adult
Language: English