Academy Street (Hardback)
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Academy Street (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 30/10/2014
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She stood on the edge of the grass. She hovered between worlds, deciphering the ground, tracing in mid-air the hall, the dining-room, the stairs. She was despairingly close to home now, to the rooms and the voices that contained the first names for home. Memories abounded and her heart pounded and history broke in . . . Growing up in the west of Ireland in the 1940s Tess is a shy introverted child. But beneath her quiet exterior lies a heart of fire. A fire that will later drive her to make her home among the hurly burly of 1960s New York. Over four decades and a life lived with quiet intensity on Academy Street in upper Manhattan, Tess encounters ferocious love and calamitous loss. But what endures is her bravery and fortitude, and her striking insights even as she is 'floating close to hazard.' Joyous and heart-breaking, restrained but sweeping, this is a profoundly moving story that charts one woman's quest for belonging amid the dazzle and tumult of America's greatest city. Academy Street establishes Mary Costello as one of Ireland's most exciting literary voices.

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781782114185
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 220 x 144 x 21 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
Packed with emotional intensity * * Sunday Times * *
A writer of huge ability . . . Brings to mind John Williams's resurrected masterpiece, Stoner * * Guardian * *
To recount a life story in a novel is a difficult task. To do so with brevity and unsentimental honesty takes greatness. Academy Street is a powerful and emotional novel from one of literature's finest new voices -- JOHN BOYNE
An exceptional first novel * * The Times * *
With extraordinary devotion, Mary Costello brings to life a woman who would otherwise have faded into oblivion -- J.M. COETZEE
Mary Costello's writing has the kind of urgency that the great problems demand - call them themes; they are the kind of problems that make a writer -- ANNE ENRIGHT * * Guardian * *
Academy Street is understated, graceful and, ultimately, devastating. Even as my heart was breaking I couldn't put the book down -- DONAL RYAN, author of The Spinning Heart
Intensely moving but never sentimental, Academy Street is a profound meditation on what Faulkner called 'the human heart in conflict with itself'. In Tess Lohan, Mary Costello has created one of the most fully realised characters in contemporary fiction. What a marvel of a book -- RON RASH
Costello proves herself an absolute master in Academy Street * * Independent * *
A novel where the interior life on an ordinary woman is delineated with artistry and grace * * Metro * *
Delve[s] deep into the human condition, into the bittersweet beauty of life * * Irish Times * *
In her deceptively easygoing debut novel, Costello has refined her already spare style so that scarcely a word or phrase feels extraneous * * Metro Herald * *
An unimpeachable addition to the literature of Irish diaspora * * Country Life * *
The work of a highly accomplished writer and heralds the emergence of an exciting new novelist . . . Academy Street will keep you glued to its crisp pages, such is the intensity of its language and scale of its emotional reach. This is a novel that should be read by anyone who cares about writing and its ability to invoke * * Irish Independent * *
A markedly brave book, an unblinking attempt to recreate a life of intense ordinariness and make it special . . . well worth applauding * * Sunday Times * *
Extraordinarily compelling * * Guardian * *
Excellent * * Times Literary Supplement * *
Immense maturity and unusual writerly empathy * * Scotsman * *
A devastatingly sad, unsentimental and beautifully wrought account of a quiet life * * Psychologies * *
Heart-breaking * * The Simple Things * *
A major literary accomplishment from an exciting new voice * * Westmeath Independent * *
Tess's fearful, reserved exterior and rich inner world is written with exacting discipline. Every emotion, every sensory image is pared back on the page, stripped right down to its very essence . . . Academy Street will keep you glued to its crisp pages, such is the intensity of its language and scale of its emotional reach * * Irish Independent * *

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Hardback

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A sad and poignant tale about a girl growing up in 1940's Ireland before moving to the bright lights of New York. I found a real affinity with the story brought to life against the backdrop of some key historical... More

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Helpful? Upvote 63

“A quiet life”

Tess Lohan is ever the quiet child. From her childhood in rural Ireland, we follow her observations and experiences and travel with her to a new city life in the USA. Always on the edge of things, Tess slides gently... More

Paperback edition
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“Intense and Powerful”

An intense, powerful, emotional quick read.
Recommended

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