Academy Street (Hardcover)

By Mary Costello

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 9780374100520, 160pp.

Publication Date: April 7, 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.

About the Author

Mary Costello grew up in Galway and now lives in Dublin. Her collection of stories, The China Factory, was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award. Her first novel, Academy Street, was named Book of the Year and Eason Novel of the Year by the 2014 Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards and was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award.