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The Light of Evening

The Light of Evening

A Novel

Edna O'Brien



The Light of Evening is a newly reissued edition of the novel by award-winning author Edna O'Brien.

In Edna O'Brien's twentieth work of fiction, an elderly widow on her deathbed in rural Ireland tells the story of her life—a story of love, family, estrangement, and motherhood.

"O'Brien brings together the earthy and delicately poetic: she has the sound of Molly Bloom and the skills of Virginia Woolf." —Newsweek


WILL YOU PIPE DOWN outta that,” Dilly says. “I said will you pipe down outta that Dilly says.”

Demon of a crow out there before daylight, cawing and croaking, rummaging in the palm tree that...

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Edna O'Brien

Edna O’Brien has written more than twenty-five works of fiction, including The Little Red Chairs and The Light of Evening. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature, the Irish PEN Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Arts Club Medal of Honor, and the Ulysses Medal. Born and raised in the west of Ireland, she has lived in London for many years.

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Edna O'Brien

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