The Love Object (Paperback)

Selected Stories

By Edna O'Brien, John Banville (Introduction by)

Back Bay Books, 9780316378284, 544pp.

Publication Date: February 7, 2017

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (5/4/2015)
Hardcover (5/5/2015)
Compact Disc (5/5/2015)
Paperback (6/2/2020)
Compact Disc (5/5/2015)

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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." Illustrating a career's worth of shimmering, potent prose from a writer of great courage, vision, and heart, 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 in these magnificent tales, 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. "When O'Brien ranges farther into the lives of women and men, married and single, beyond the borders of Ireland, she describes longing and desire and the intricacies of love and adultery as keenly and memorably as any modern writer you'll read, (NPR) "and with THE LOVE OBJECT her "mastery reveals itself in any number of ways." (New Yorker)

About the Author

Edna O'Brien, author of the Country Girls trilogy, A Fanatic Heart, The Light of Evening, Saints and Sinners, and other widely acclaimed books, is a recipient of the Ulysses Medal, the 2011 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the National Arts Club Gold Medal, and the Irish PEN Lifetime Achievement Award, and is an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her memoir, Country Girl, received the Argosy Irish Nonfiction Book of the Year prize from the Irish Book Awards. Born and raised in the west of Ireland, O'Brien has lived in London for many years.

Praise For The Love Object: Selected Stories

"Brilliant and memorable.... There is a harmony among all these stories that makes a whole."

John Casey, New York Times Book Review, "100 Notable Books of 2015"