Academy StreetThe heart-breaking and evocative debut novel by critically acclaimed Irish writer, Mary Costello
by Mary Costello
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Academy Street Summary
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.
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Canongate Books Ltd
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Winner of Irish Book Awards 2014 (UK) Short-listed for Costa First Novel Award 2014 (UK) Short-listed for European Union Prize for Literature (UK). Short-listed for International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award (UK).
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