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Amongst Womenby John McGahern
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Michael Moran is an embittered Irish Republican who detests the "small-minded gangsters" who now run the country for whose independence he fought. Now a soldier without a battle, he transfers his brutality to his own family. He is hard on his daughters: Maggie, a late bloomer who wants to study nursing; Sheila, an assertive spirit whose chance at a university scholarship is thwarted by Moran; and the hardworking Mona, who settles for the civil-service career Moran chose for her. But it is Moran's sons — the errant Luke and the youngest, Michael — who bear the brunt of his malevolence as his struggle with the past comes to an unimagined end.
"A wonderful writer...his spare but luminous prose evokes a severly repressed life and the aching passion that lies beneath its stony surface." Chicago Tribune
"McGahern's telling is masterful. With clarity and lyrical language, he soothes and sears the reader." Detroit Free Press
"The novelist's art at its finest....Beats to the rhythm of the world and of life itself." The New York Review of Books
"McGahern (The Dark; The Pornographer) has crafted a wise and tender novel whose brooding hero seems emblematic of an Ireland that drives away its sons and daughters." Publishers Weekly
"A most satisfying addition to a very distinguished body of work." Library Journal
Michael Moran is an old Republican whose life was transformed by his days of glory as a guerilla fighter in the War of Independence. Now much older, he is still fighting — with a second wife, his daughters, his sons, his old friends, even with himself — in a poignant struggle in which fear is tempered by love.
Michael Moran is an old Irish Republican whose life was forever transformed by his days of glory as a guerrilla leader in the Irish War of Independence. Moran is till fighting—with his family, his friends, and even himself—in this haunting testimony to the enduring qualities of the human spirit.
About the Author
John McGahern was born in Dublin and brought up in the west of Ireland. He is the author of three collections of short stories and six novels, including Amongst Women, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
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