Writer, poet and playwright Edna O’Brien is something of a living Irish national monument, hailed by the likes of former Irish President Mary Robinson to Philip Roth, among many, many others. O’Brien has just published her first novel in 10 years. Maureen Corrigan reviews The Little Red Chairs:
The Little Red Chairs is both a call to pleasure and duty. O'Brien’s undiminished gifts as a storyteller draw us in and then awaken us to the limits of our own blinkered vision, the fragility of our own safe havens. All this, and the toughness and eroticism that have been O'Brien’s signature since she started writing her “Country Girls” trilogy in 1960. Not bad for an old dame.
Photo by Joanne O'Brien, courtesy of Little Brown